Police: Iowa teen ‘covered in blood’ allegedly confessed to killing parents

A 17-year-old Iowa boy faces charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Cedar Rapids police say.

When Cedar Rapids police officers arrived at Ethan Alexander Orton’s family home early Thursday morning, the teen allegedly confessed to killing his parents, police said in a Facebook post.

Someone had reported seeing a suspicious person at the home, police said. Officers said they found the teen sitting outside the residence covered in blood.

Police said they entered the home after hearing the teen’s confession and found the bodies of 42-year-old Casey Arthur Orton and 41-year-old Misty Dawn Scott Slade.

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Cedar Rapids police said the teen "is accused of using a knife and an axe to kill his mother and father." Authorities arrested the teen and took him to the Linn County Detention Center.

Although he is considered a minor, the seriousness of the offenses prompted authorities to file Ethan Orton’s charges with the adult court, police said.

This story was reported from Atlanta.