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c.f the the . . be Girl Hacks Aunt to Death (Continued from Page 1) ing $5 as she made her way home and stopped off at a Roman Catholic Catholic catechism class. Used Axe When Mrs. Bunce returned home from her job at the Oakland Naval Supply Base, she asked the girl what had happened to the $5 bill. Ray quoted the girl as saying she got a short handled ax from the garage and struck her aunt. Then she stabbed her aunt with a bread knife and when that bent she resorted to a butcher knife, Ray continued. Bunce returned home an hour later later to find the girl standing on a washing machine. "I've just killed Laverne," he quoted her. "I 'must be crazy." Crazy and Homesick After calling police from a grocery grocery store, Bunce said he returned and found the girl sitting quietly in the living room. "I'm crazy. . .and homesick," he quoted her. "She's just a plain skinny kid," Ray said. "She must be 5 feet 5 inches tall and can't weigh more than 90 pounds or so. Her little arms aren't more than two inches thick," he added. MITCHELL, S.D. (UP) -- The distraught mother of the 12-year- old girl who hacked her aunt to death with an ax and two kitchen knives said today her daughter must have been "desperately homesick." To School Mrj. William Corcoran said the girl. Patricia, went to live with her aunt, Mrs. Guy Bunce. 55, Oakland, Calif., Aug. 30. The mother said Mrs. Bunce. : 'who Patty didn't know too well, wanted her to go to school in Oakland. The Bunces had no children. The Corcorans live on a farm five miles northwest of here. Patricia Patricia has five brothers and three sisters, ranging in age from 16 months to 21 years. Mrs. Corcoran said her daughter daughter was "awfully good with the little one." She said Patricia a "good student, always made friends," and 'was "always cheerful." cheerful." Normal "She was just Child common, normal normal child," her mother said. Patricia was in seventh grade. She attended a small rural school near Mitchell. "I talked to her .on the phone i pea red Siuiday night," Mrs. Corcoran said, "and I could tell she was homesick. She had never been away from home before." "But she didn't want to come home," Mrs. Corcoran said. Another aunt, Mrs. Walter Van Horn, who also lives in Oakland, returned from Oakland-to Mitchell Monday for a visit. Mrs. Van Horn said she asked Patricia if she wanted to go home just before leaving. Patricia said no, Mrs. Van told Mrs. Corcoran. Patricia's teacher for the past two years, Mrs. Eva Brewer, she "never had any problems" with the girl. "She got along with everybody."