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Update: New Details In Foster Child Murder Case


Investigators release the criminal complaint. It spells out what happened the night 5 year-old Dominic Elkins was found dead in a ravine on his foster families property.

Right now, 17 year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen faces first degree murder charges for the small child's death.

A criminal complaint said Metzker-Madsen, "made statements that he was 'playing bricks' with Elkins." The report goes on to read the 17 year-old's face was splattered with blood. He also had blood on his shirt.

Finally it read that Metzker-Madsen was able to "lead family members directly to the body." This is a fact family members confirm.

"He eventually led them right to him," said foster grandmother Ladena Coolman.

She and her husband said the entire foster family is feeling numb and unsure of what to do. But the also spoke more about Metzker-Madsen's personality.

"He would need to be corrected from time to time and sometimes the anger would escalate," said foster grandfather Mic Coolman.

After going through public records, Channel Six couldn't find any public record of any juvenile criminal history. But investigators said juvenile records are often sealed.

As for the autopsy on Elkins there is still no new information that can be released.

"I know they do different kind of toxicology screens and those do take some time."

"I know they do different kinds of toxicology screens and those do take some time," said Mitch Mortvedt, Division of Criminal Investigations Special Agent in Charge.

The Iowa Department of Human services said they have never seen a case where a foster child has been accused of killing another foster child living in the same home. The agency said any abuse within the system is very rare.


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