posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 05:57 PM
A nine year old girl is dead after she was strangled by her older sister in what is being described as an argument over a hamburger. The older sister,
12, is currently being held while a family court decides if she is to be tried as an adult. An autopsy is pending and the strangulation theory is
based on the girls confession she made in a hospital psychiatric unit.
ST. LOUIS - A 12-year-old girl has been charged with murder under juvenile law for allegedly killing her 9-year-old sister, apparently in a dispute
over a hamburger.
A Family Court judge will determine if the girl should be tried as an adult, but no date has been set for that proceeding, said Kathryn Herman,
assistant administrator for the St. Louis Family Court. A detention hearing is set for Wednesday.
The older girl reported finding her sister lifeless on the floor of their home near downtown Dec. 22.
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While I am a firm believer in punishment for criminals, I have a hard time believing that there is even a consideration for a 12 year old to be tried
as an adult. I can see 14 or 15, but 12 seems a bit much even for me. If tried as a juvenile, she will get out when she turns 21 and no doubt she is
pretty much done at that point .