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Georgia teenager accused of strangling mother during fight

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 07:58:42-05

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia have charged a 15-year-old boy with felony murder after they say he strangled his mother after the two argued about him refusing to take his medication.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Deon Washington says the teenager killed his 47-year-old mother Tuesday night in their apartment in Norcross, northeast of Atlanta.

The victim's nephew found the woman's body and police found the suspect near the apartment complex a short time later.

Police initially reported the boy was 16. They say he's been charged as an adult, and is being held at a youth detention center.

The Associated Press does not typically identify juveniles who are charged with crimes.

Gwinnett County police said the teen had "mental health issues." They declined to be more specific.

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This story has been corrected to show the suspect is 15 years old, not 16.

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