Skip to comments.11-Year-Old Murder Suspect Can't Stay in Jail
Posted on 02/23/2009 12:11:39 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
PITTSBURGH A jail warden said Sunday he will ask a judge to move an 11-year-old boy accused of killing his father's pregnant girlfriend from an adult lockup to a juvenile detention center because the jail cannot accommodate the boy.
Patricia Papernow, a psychologist from Hudson, Mass., and expert on blended families, said tensions from combining families, as Brown's father and Houk were doing, were "pretty normal in a new stepfamily."
"It looks awful from the outside and sort of unspeakable, but these are the kinds of feelings that are pretty normal in a new stepfamily," Papernow said. "You just hope there's not a loaded gun around."
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Blended families??? Feelings of plotting murder is pretty common? I have a feeling Ms Papernow has been smoking something she found in one of the outlying cow pastures.
“You just hope there’s not a loaded gun around.”
Huh. I have been mad plenty of times with a loaded gun around, yet I have never thought of shooting anyone.
It’s a tragic case but I do find it ironic that Dem judges face being struck off for incarcerating youths for minor offenses while this murderer is freed.
Well not freed but pampered a bit.
But dont you know that guns murder people? sarc
That last line really stood out at me. They think this is a normal little boy who should be keeping busy and be back in school. They think the gun killed the woman and the boy was just a pawn the gun used. These people are insane.
The idea of charging this kid as an adult is just insane. He’s ELEVEN, for God’s sake (and in the mugshot he looks like he’s about 7). He can’t begin to understand or control his own feelings towards his father’s very pregnant live-in girlfriend, who has presumably replaced his mother. And then he hops on the school bus like nothing is wrong, accompanied by the dead woman’s 7 year old daughter, who apparently didn’t see any reason to raise an alarm about a gunshot that just went off inside the house. And from the dead woman’s brother-in-law: “’He actually told my son that he wanted to do that to her,’ Houk’s brother-in-law, Jason Kraner, said Saturday. ‘There was an issue with jealousy.’” So there was advance warning that this little boy was harboring some serious anger, but he was still left alone at the house with some younger children, the object of his anger, and a loaded gun??? They’ve got the wrong person in jail here.
Read that psychologist's statement to yourself ten times and THEN say that!
Call me old-fashioned, but I thought marriage had to be involved in being a “step FAMILY.” We certainly are defining “family” downward when a father shacking up with a girlfriend becomes a “blended family.”
Many children growing up in these hideous arrangements will not be well-adjusted.
Then put the little devil in a padded room in the closest maximum security mental hospital.
Enough with the “kid glove” treatment of criminals — EVEN kids! PUNISH THEM. MAKE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE. DEMONSTRATE TO THEM THAT THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR BLOWING SOMEONES HEAD OFF.
I don’t find the lack of a government-issued marriage license disturbing, but the lack of swift and comprehensive response to the boy’s advance warning that he wanted to kill his stepmother suggests some really colossal problems in this household — the sort that certainly wouldn’t have been remedied by a marriage license. Not to mention the 7 year old girl who just went ahead and got on the school bus right after a shotgun blast went off inside her home, and apparently didn’t say anything to the driver about a problem. There were obviously major, major, major problems in this household, and the little boy isn’t responsible for them.
Blended family is code for shacking up with your girlfriend, getting her pregnant, setting a fine example for all the children, while ignoring your son’s obvious anger and resentment with what you are doing.
Blended..... it’s not The Brady Bunch!
“There were obviously major, major, major problems in this household, and the little boy isnt responsible for them.”
He’s responsible for everything that happened as a result of pulling the trigger.
Clearly, this child is insane. Eleven year old children don't go around murdering people if they are sane. Additionally, this child must have exhibited some symptoms of mental illness prior to this. It's begs the question, why weren't they caught before this tragedy?
As much as people don't like to admit, sometime people with debilitating psychological problems do commit unspeakable, violent crimes. They need to be treated, especially when they're children. If they are "untreatable", then they need to be medicated and placed in a secure facility, to protect themselves and the public. But, they don't need to be placed in prison with life-long, violent offenders.
"Blended family" hell, that 11 year old was living in a "hodge-podge." His "bio-parents" (isn't that a phrase guaranteed to chill your sh!t) and the knocked-up girl friend did it to him.
When deviancy becomes the norm, the envelope gets pushed further and further out.
Let's assume you are right. Why wouldn't prison be a good place to keep them...if they're insane they probably wouldn't even mind.
Please tell me this was a failed attempt at humor.
We don't treat people with mental illness as criminals, because they're not. They're sick. Sick people in a civilized society are treated and hopefully cured. If they can't be cured, then they are managed and possibly secured to protect themselves and the public.
People have been living in “blended” famalies for thousands of years. We forget that prior to the 20th century life expectency wasn’t vary long (like on 30-35 years.) It was pretty common for one parent to die before the children were grown, and the remaining parent to remary.