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However, authorities say they are unable to charge the boy with a crime because of a Louisiana law that protects children from criminal responsibility.
Excuse me?!? Does this mean children under the age of 18 are immune to criminal charges, and are free to kill at will in Louisiana? I may be overreacting but I have NEVER heard of this type of criminal immunity before!!!
The state law states that “those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility.”
Don't make assumptions.
at the very LEAST the parents should be facing gun charges over a LOADED GUN being accessible to an 8 year old
The boy’s father told WAFB-TV that his son used the elderly woman’s .38-caliber pistol to commit the murder.
The Colt .38-caliber Detective Special revolver he used belonged to Smothers, who lived in the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park near Slaughter, but it's not clear where she kept it,
Police said the boy initially claimed he accidentally shot Smothers while playing with a firearm, but investigators later determined the act was intentional.
Some news reports have described Smothers as 90-years-old, while others have portrayed her as 87-years-old.
The 8-year-old boy was released to his family Thursday night. The Washington Post reports Smothers was a relative of the family.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that there are conflicting reports regarding Smothers’ age.
I think at least SOME action will be taken,
Just because he's too young to be charged criminally doesn't mean he should get off Scott-free.
Although the child dodged criminal charges, he still faces penalties under the juvenile system,