A 15-year-old boy who committed suicide by jumping off a high-rise building is being held without bail in a Washington state jail, authorities said Wednesday.
Dylan Wicks jumped from the 7-Eleven store in Seattle, Washington, in late July after his mother said she was unable to reach him, authorities say.
The teen was not injured in the incident, which occurred at a highrise building that was on lockdown.
He was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of assault, but a judge ordered him held without bond.
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Wicks was in court with his father on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.
Wicks’ father, Brian Wicks, told The Associated Press that he was not in court and was not present.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wicks’ parents, Justin and Kristina Wicks of Bellevue, Washington said in a statement Wednesday that they were shocked to learn of the charges against their son.
“We have been trying to find out everything that we can about Dylan,” Justin Wicks said.
“I can not imagine how the parents of this child felt when their son took his life.”
He added that his son was being held “as a threat to society,” adding that his family would not allow him to travel to the United States.
Wickers and his mother have been unable to contact Dylan since he died in early July, according to the family’s lawyer.
He is being cared for by his father, who also did not speak with the media Wednesday.
Court records indicate that the teen’s mother did not know about his death until Wednesday.