It’s not every day we hear of a single-digits child being charged with murder.
A 9-year-old child from Goodfield, Illinois was charged with the deaths of a 1 year-old, two 2 year-olds, a 34 year-old man and a 69 year-old woman at the Timberline Mobile Home Park.
Wow. 5 people dead. Killer is 9 years old. https://t.co/JjwL10ImT8— Robin Stanley (@Rasta1619) October 8, 2019
The fire was lit by the child intentionally, leaving Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger in what he says is a difficult position.
“It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have. But I just think it needs to be done at this point, for finality.”
Woodford County is charging a 9-year-old with first degree murder and arson after a trailer fire that killed five people. Incarceration isn't an option. State law says you must be at least 10. State's attorney will likely pursue probation & therapy.https://t.co/34rGiMEC8F— Dana Vollmer (@danalvollmer) October 8, 2019
Murder charges have been filed against a 9-year-old in connection with a fatal mobile-home fire near Goodfield. Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger said the juvenile is not in custody. Specifics on where the juvenile is and living arrangeme… https://t.co/Twzhysjo4S— The Pantagraph (@Pantagraph) October 8, 2019
The first-degree murder charges mean the burden of proof on the prosecution is to prove the child had an intent to kill in advance.
Gus Kostopoulos, a juvenile defense lawyer, said:
“Nine-year-olds don’t know that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. They don’t know people die and don’t come back to life. I don’t know if 9-year-olds can form intent to commit murder.”
The state does not proceed lightly in this case. But jail or even a juvenile detention center are not a consideration. State laws currently do not allow the incarceration of such a young child.
According to The Huffington Post:
“If convicted, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years but not beyond the age of 21…[and] therapy and counseling would be likely.”
A 9-year-old Illinois child charged with murder & arson for a mobile-home fire that killed 2 adults, (ages 69, 34) and 3 tots— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 8, 2019
If convicted, the suspect will likely undergo therapy, psych eval, counseling & probation for min. 5 years but not past age 21.https://t.co/wxhvRqDBxQ
This article talks about nothing but the boy’s age. What about the crime? When and how did the boy go about doing this? Where’s the actual story about how a family lost their lives..— K. (@kOya_D) October 9, 2019
5 charges of first degree murder. That means they believe he fully intended and planned to kill them. I'd like to know more about that than about how difficult it is to wrestle with the morality and paychology.— Toggle (@Taagol) October 9, 2019
This is a stupid waste of taxpayer money. Even if you manage to get this to trial, it will be appealed in a heartbeat.— snacksheet (@Snacksheet) October 9, 2019
The case is ongoing.
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