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Police: Teen killed father, half-sister on the Northshore

Jacob Middleton, Jr. Jacob Middleton, Jr.

COVINGTON, La. - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the double murder of a man and his two-year-old daughter Monday in Covington.

Police say 17-year-old Jacob Middleton Jr., of Metairie, has been arrested and booked with two counts of first-degree murder. No bond was set.

Police said Middleton confessed to killing his father, Jacob Middleton Sr., and his two-year-old half-sister, Makayla Middleton. 

According to police, it appears both victims were shot at close range inside the home. They were found by the girls's mother Monday morning in a home in the 72000 block of Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery subdivision. The mother does not live at that home.

It is unknown how long the bodies had been in the home. According to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office, both Makalya and the Middleton Sr. sustained gunshot wounds to the head. 

During questioning Tuesday morning, Middleton Jr. blamed his actions on years of abuse from his father and family and hatred for his father, among other things. 

"I want to commend our investigators and all the deputies who worked throughout the night to resolve this case.  We are sorry for the tragic loss this family is experiencing, but hope they feel some comfort and closure through this arrest," Sheriff Jack Strain said.

 "Any time a crime such as this occurs with such a young victim, it makes us want to hold onto our own children and remember the blessings of family.  These crimes defy explanation or logic, but we will remember those who were lost in this senseless tragedy and pray for those they leave behind," Strain said.


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