Adult son accused of killing his mother and young boy

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 12:25 PM CST
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The adult son of a woman found dead along with a young boy at a Sioux Falls home is charged in their deaths.

The Minnehaha County court clerk says a criminal complaint was filed Monday charging 24-year-old Heath Otto with two counts of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing his mother, 48-year-old Carol Simon, and a 7-year-old boy. Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at their mobile home shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Sgt. Jason Gearman says Otto, who also lives at the residence, was standing outside when deputies arrived and was arrested. Deputies found the bodies of the woman and boy inside. Authorities say there were signs the victims had been strangled and attacked with a knife.

Authorities did not immediately disclose the relationship of the young boy to the others.