Two teenage boys, aged 15 and 14, charged with murder following death

Two young teenagers have been charged with murder over the alleged stabbing death of a 41-year-old woman in Abbotsford on Wednesday night. 

A 15-year-old boy, the woman’s son, and a 14-year-old boy will both appear before a children’s court at a later date. 

Homicide Squad Detectives charged the teens on Friday after issuing a state-wide public appeal to find the two boys. 

About 11pm on Wednesday, emergency services were called to an apartment complex on Stafford Street, Abbotsford, to reports that a woman had been seriously injured.

The woman’s 13-year-old son, who was home at the time, found his mother with the critical injuries in her bedroom and raised the alarm.

She was rushed to hospital, but died a short time later.

The two boys allegedly fled the scene in Melbourne’s inner north-east before police arrived, which sparked a major state-wide search for the pair. 

Police said the 13-year-old boy at the residence was not physically injured.

About 2.25pm on Thursday, the boys were spotted in grass by a police officer about 140 kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the town of Learmonth.

Sources told the Herald Sun the teenagers had been seen wearing green camouflage-like clothing and carrying food supplies.

Investigators believe the boys left the unit complex in a vehicle owned by the mother and then travelled to the St Kilda region. 

How the teenagers made their way to Learmonth is unknown.

“We’re keen to piece together their movements,” Detective Acting Superintendent Dean Thomas said on Thursday. 

“What we try to do as investigators is establish what has happened, we try to understand the motive behind it, the reasoning behind it. So it’s very, very early.”

Police are also trying to figure out the nature of the pair’s friendship and how they met.

The boys were interviewed by police on Friday morning. 

Police are urging anyone with information, or relevant dash cam footage, to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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