3 Michigan boys charged with raping two younger boys in garage

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say three boys ages 11 to 13 are charged with sexually assaulting two younger boys at a southern Michigan garage that police suspect was burned to destroy evidence.

The suspects are being held at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home on juvenile first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. They're accused of repeatedly assaulting the 6- and 8-year-olds in Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports investigators said there may be more victims, possibly even younger.

WOOD-TV reports the younger boys told their mother about the assaults June 12, the day of the fire.

WWMT-TV reports the suspects told officers the fire started accidentally while they were smoking marijuana and dropped a cigarette on a mattress. Police Chief Jim Blocker said investigators think the fire was set intentionally in a cover-up attempt.

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