Monday, September 17, 2012

Juvenile imprisoned for life? or Not?

This kid never stood a chance did he?

At what point do we, as society, throw in the towel?

He murdered his 2-year old half-brother and sexually abused his 5-year old half-brother.

Work with him more?  or Lock him up for the rest of his life?

Police:  Fla. boy, 13, killed 2-year old brother
Associated Press -

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A decade before he was charged with murder, a 2-year-old Cristian Fernandez was found naked and dirty, wandering a South Florida street. The grandmother taking care of him had holed up with cocaine in a messy motel room, while his 14-year-old mother was nowhere to be found.

His life had been punctuated with violence since he was conceived, an act that resulted in a sexual assault conviction against his father. Fernandez' life got worse from there: He was sexually assaulted by a cousin and beaten by his stepfather, who committed suicide before police investigating the beating arrived.

The boy learned to squelch his feelings, once telling a counselor: "You got to suck up feelings and get over it."

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