FITCHBURG, Mass. — Police say a 12-year-old Fitchburg boy has been charged with raping a 63-year-old neighbor.

The suspect, whose name has not been made public because of his age, was charged with aggravated rape and home invasion for allegedly attacking the woman in her home earlier this month while armed with a hammer.

Police say the suspect and victim knew each other.

The boy entered the woman’s home on July 8 and allegedly pushed her.

The boy was not arrested until Wednesday because police were building their case.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.