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RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Jury selection is set to begin this week for a teenager accused of killing his siblings.

Nickalas Kedrowitz was just 13-years old when he was charged with the murders of his little brother and sister. Investigators say Kedrowitz smothered 23-month-old Desiree McCartney to death back in May of 2017.

He was removed from his home by the Indiana Department of Child Services, but then placed back in the home just over a month later. That would prove to be a fatal mistake.

In July of 2017, Kedrowitz smothered 11-month old Nathaniel Ritz to death.

Kedrowitz is being charged as an adult, facing two counts of murder. If convicted, those charges could land him in prison for at least 55 years for each count of murder. Jury selection will last for three days, then the state will present it’s evidence on Monday, August 16th in Ripley Circuit Court.

Kedrowitz admitted to police that he killed his siblings in order to “set them free from Satan and Hell.”

When he was asked to define what hell meant to him, Kedrowitz replied – “chores.”