A second teen has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Newark Charter School student Madison Sparrow.
Annika Stalczynski, 17, was indicted by a grand jury this week. The grand jury also indicted 19-year-old Noah Sharp, Sparrow’s ex-boyfriend, who was originally arrested and charged a few days after Sparrow’s Oct. 2 murder.
According to the indictment, the two teens conspired to lure Sparrow to the woods behind Maclary Elementary School, ambushed her and killed her.
Both were charged with first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and first-degree conspiracy. They remain in custody on $1 million bail.
“Every murder is an outrage, but the murder of a child strikes at everything we hold dear,” Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a prepared statement. “Madison was stolen from her family and friends with her life and her dreams still ahead of her. A life has been taken and a cruel trauma has been inflicted on hundreds of people who knew and loved this kind, gentle young woman. My heart aches for Madi’s parents, the Sparrow family, and the entire Newark Charter community. We can never replace what these people have lost, but we can – and will – hold her killers accountable.”
Sparrow, a junior at Newark Charter School, went missing Oct. 2 after telling her family she was going out with a female friend to get ice cream and buy a birthday present for her sister.
Court documents allege Sharp used an aluminum baseball bat to fatally strike Sparrow in the head in a wooded area behind Maclary Elementary School just hours later. Detectives searched the woods and found the bat, blood droplets and Sparrow’s clothing.
In an interview with police, Sharp confessed to the killing and directed detectives to a wooded area near Interstate 95 and Del. 896, where they found Sparrow’s body, according to court documents. An autopsy ruled her death homicide by blunt-force trauma.
Sharp admitted he planned the killing with another person, according to court documents.