Joshua Cooper had been video-chatting with an acquaintance when he allegedly claimed he had killed someone before flipping the camera to reveal someone else’s legs and feet covered in blood.
Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania received a 911 call from a mom who claimed that her daughter had received the disturbing call from Cooper.
“The caller stated that her daughter received an Instagram video chat from a 16-year-old acquaintance”, read the police statement. “During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone.”
The statement continued: “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.”
When police officers checked in on Cooper’s house at Top of the Ridge Trailer Park, Bensalem PA, they saw a young man exit out the back of a trailer and run off.
When police officers entered the mobile home, they found the body of a deceased young woman on the bathroom floor, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
It also looked as though there had been ‘substantial steps taken to clean up the crime scene’.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the victim was just 13-years-old.
The girl’s identity has not yet been made public, but family members were able to identify her by the jewelry she was wearing at the time.
Meanwhile, other police officers launched a search for 16-year-old Cooper and eventually stopped him in the area of Newport Mews Drive and Groton Drive and took him into custody.
In an affidavit seen by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cooper told police that ‘it was an accident’, later adding that his ‘dad was going to kill [him]’.
The affidavit also suggests that the victim had texted Cooper that morning and was dropped off at his home later in the day.
The pair supposedly spent the afternoon watching a Netflix series and, at one point, the victim got up to use the bathroom.
However, Cooper and his mother reportedly terminated the police interview after sharing that information.
The teenager has been charged as an adult for a number of crimes, including Criminal Homicide, Possessing Instruments of Crime and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence. He was arraigned by District Justice Wertman.
Joshua has also been denied bail and sent straight to the Edison Juvenile Detention Center.
A preliminary hearing date has been set for 7 December.