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Grandfather beats 12-year-old to death; confesses to another murder

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The grandfather of a Wisconsin boy is facing murder charges after authorities found that he beat the 12-year-old to death and injured his 8-year-old brother because he stole money.

53-year-old Andrez Martina was taken into custody last weekend on several murder and child abuse charges.

Police say the child and his eight-year-old brother were spending the night at Martina’s house Saturday when Martina realized that he was missing money.

On Sunday, Martina reportedly contacted the children’s grandmother and accused the 12-year-old of stealing money from him. When the grandmother inquired more about the situation, Martina told her that the child was “bleeding.”

The grandmother then woke up the child’s mother and her boyfriend and told them to go to the home to check up on the situation.

When the couple arrived to the home, they found the 12-year-old unconscious and bleeding from his head. The mother’s boyfriend immediately took the child to the hospital where he ultimately died. While at the hospital, authorities also learned that the eight-year-old was also attacked by the grandfather and suffered a head laceration, fractured finger, and bruising consistent with child physical abuse.

The children’s great-grandmother who lives with Martina told police that she was woken up by Martina yelling at the child and when she went to check out the situation, she found Martina hitting the 12-year-old in the head with a hammer.

The eight-year-old told police that Martina not only beat them with the sledgehammer, he also used a mallet, and a coat rack.

During the police interview, Martina told police that he just moved back to the area and wanted to reconnect with his grandchildren. He went on to say that the 12-year-old had a problem with stealing things and that he warned the children if they stole anything from him he would kill them. When Martina found out that he was missing money, he “lost control” and began beating the children.

He then confessed to killing another child in 1989.

Martina has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of physical abuse of a child, neglecting a child, and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he faces life in prison.