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Teen Arrested After Asking On Instagram For Help Disposing Body Of Someone He Killed

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A Pennsylvania teenager was arrested and charged as an adult after asking on an Instagram video chat for help disposing of the body of a young woman he killed, local authorities said.

Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, received a call from a woman Friday afternoon who claimed her daughter had received a video call from a 16-year-old acquaintance, in which he confessed to the crime, CNN reports.

“During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone,” police said in a statement, CNN reported. “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.”

According to the report, police responded to a mobile home property and found a young woman 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.

The young man, identified as 16-year-old Joshua Cooper, ran away but was apprehended a short time later.

He was denied bail on several adult charges, including criminal homicide, and sent to a juvenile detention center, CNN reported citing the police affidavit.

Cooper faces decades in prison if found guilty.