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Metcalfe teen charged in father's slaying

A 17-year-old Metcalfe County boy killed his father with a blunt object, state police said Friday. The boy has been charged with murder, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence. Police did not release the teen's name because he is a juvenile.

The killing occurred Thursday evening, 3 miles south of Edmonton at the home of Robert Fritz, 54, police said.

Authorities went to the house after a woman in Indiana called the Edmonton Police Department and said her mother, Jeannie K. Stewart, 43, was being held hostage there by a 17-year-old boy who had allegedly beaten his father to death.

When officers arrived, they saw the boy taking a body out the back door of the house and arrested him without incident, according to a release from Trooper Billy Gregory.

Officers found Stewart inside, unharmed.

Fritz died from a blow or blows to the head, said Metcalfe County Coroner Larry Wilson.

Police said there was no immediate reason given for the killing. State police declined to identify the weapon.

Stewart was not related to Fritz or his son.

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