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A 10-year-old boy who's been in an adult jail since authorities say he fatally beat a 90-year-old woman two months ago is scared, lonely and misses his mother, his public defender said.
The boy, one of the youngest ever to face an adult homicide charge in Pennsylvania, met with family through a glass partition when he was first brought to the county lockup in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. More recently, he was permitted to have physical contact with them, according to the attorney, Scott Bennett.
"So his mom can give him a hug," he said this week.
originally posted by: chasingbrahman
This one is a tough call. I believe just as it's possible for someone to be born wired for a trait such as a sense of humor, I also believe someone can be wired for unseemly traits like a propensity for homicide. That said, this is a 10-year-old little boy in an adult prison who says he misses his mom. I'm not sure someone that age can understand the potential outcome of something like murder, but if this tendency was something he grew up with, I have to believe he can be rehabilitated. This boy's history is the lynchpin. It's hard to determine the best course of action without understanding his past. But surely there is a place to hold him where he isn't sharing a cell with a 47-year-old pedophile. He'll come out of an adult prison even worse-off.
The boy is housed away from the adult population, but he's not in solitary confinement, according to the jail outside Honesdale. His cell doors are opened in the morning and locked at night, like the other inmates. The boy is supplied with books and movies, and a certified teacher helps him keep up with his schooling, said Vicky Botjer, chief clerk of Wayne County. "The Wayne County Correctional Facility is housing the defendant in a safe environment," she said via e-mail
originally posted by: Shamrock6
I bet the victims grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, whomever would like to get a hug from her one more time too.
originally posted by: ScientificRailgun
Sounds like a hard reality for this kid. No sympathy for him.
Well, maybe a little. I'm sure a lot of the blame rests on the parents.
Maybe not jail, perhaps a mental ward.
originally posted by: Grovit
originally posted by: crazyewok
But it needs to be done in a correct facility.
what is incorrect about this facility.
he gets a tutor. movie time. tv time. books.
cell opened during the day.
not like the little prick is in general pop or in the hole