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Teen confessed on Instagram video to killing a girl, asking for help disposing of body, police say

A teenager has been charged as an adult after police claim he killed another young person and confessed on an Instagram video chat, asking for help disposing of the body. Joshua Cooper was sent to a juvenile detention center, police said.

A teenager has been charged as an adult after police claim he killed another young person and confessed on an Instagram video chat, asking for help disposing of the body. Joshua Cooper was sent to a juvenile detention center, police said. (Bensalem Police Department)


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BENSALEM, Pa. — A teenager has been charged as an adult after police claim he killed another young person and confessed on an Instagram video chat, asking for help disposing of the body.

Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, said they received a call from a woman Friday afternoon who claimed her daughter had received a video call from a 16-year-old acquaintance.

"During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone," police said in a statement. "He then flipped the video image and showed the legs and feet of someone covered in blood. He then asked for assistance with disposal of the body."

Police said officers responded to a mobile home property and saw a young man running away. A young woman was found on the floor of the bathroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

"There were also indications that substantial steps were taken to clean up the crime scene," police said.

Police said a short time later, the 16-year-old — who they identified as Joshua Cooper — was found and taken into custody. He was denied bail on several adult charges, including criminal homicide, and sent to a juvenile detention center, police said. CNN has been unable to determine if Cooper has legal representation.

Bensalem is a township in Bucks County of around 60,000 residents, a half hours' drive north east of Philadelphia.

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