A fire-obsessed 14-year-old Staten Island boy is suspected of the unthinkable – setting his home ablaze as he murdered his family and then slitting his own throat with a straight razor.
Investigators believe C.J. Jones cut the throats of at least two of his younger siblings on Thursday, then ended his own life as the tidy apartment went up in flames.
C.J. was found in the back bedroom of the modest Port Richmond apartment, a razor filched from his mother’s hairstyling kit lodged under his body, the sources said.
His three younger siblings and mother, Leisha Jones, lay dead steps away in the living room.
“You’d think only a monster could do this, not a little boy,” said Chandra Franklin, 29, a family friend.
“He was a troublemaker when he was younger but we thought he grew out of that. He was the man of the house,” she said. “I don’t know why he did this, he must have been going through something no one could see.”
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