14-year old boy charged in hanging de...

14-year old boy charged in hanging death of his 9-year-old half-sister

There are 58 comments on the www.cbsnews.com story from May 11, 2012, titled 14-year old boy charged in hanging death of his 9-year-old half-sister. In it, www.cbsnews.com reports that:

RAGLAND, Ala. - A 9-year-old girl was found hanging on a rope from a tree Thursday night outside her home and authorities say her 14-year-old half-brother has been charged with her murder.

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“Jody”

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#1 May 11, 2012
Disturbing.

“Equality marches on! ”

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#2 May 11, 2012
Good God, let's hope this remains "offbeat".

“Stupidity Leak”

Since: Sep 11

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#3 May 12, 2012
Awful.
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#4 May 12, 2012
Not even gonna read it...

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#5 May 12, 2012
There seems to be a lot of that goin' around.

Spotted Girl

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#6 May 12, 2012
I wonder where their parents were? I mean, they were living with their aunt and uncle as part of a foster care situation. The rope was not tied into the traditional noose style:

http://news.yahoo.com/ala-sheriff-boy-14-char...

The girl was out riding her bike and the aunt noticed she was missing. The boy confessed and the police know the motive, but they haven't released it to the press yet:

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-boy-cha...

The reason the press doesn't have the motive yet probably has to do with the fact that the charging documents are sealed. However the CNN story says that the sheriff has no clue about the motive:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/alabama...

The boy had a history of aggression toward the girl, according to a neighbor, but he never acted that way toward the neighbor's granddaughter. Just to shut the possible racists up, it seems to be a White family. Here is a pic of the girl and a video:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/14-year-old-b...

“hellshade”

Since: Jul 07

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#7 May 12, 2012
it seems you hear more and more stories like this going around. or maybe it's because with the internet they are more easily picked up. either way it's disturbing...

Spotted Girl

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#8 May 12, 2012

Spotted Girl

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#9 May 12, 2012
centereach ny wrote:
it seems you hear more and more stories like this going around. or maybe it's because with the internet they are more easily picked up. either way it's disturbing...
It is both I am afraid. There is less respect for human life, more selfish people, and a bad economy which partially masks it. Then we have the Internet, making more local news stories available across the globe.

“look up and laugh”

Since: Jun 08

guess, where

#10 May 12, 2012
how heartbreaking. I have no words to add

Spotted Girl

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#11 May 12, 2012
It sounds premeditated too:

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/14-year-o...

"Surles said the little girl was apparently riding her bicycle when her half brother called her over near a tree."

Spotted Girl

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#12 May 12, 2012
And another news story video:

http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/...

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#13 May 12, 2012
it seems difficult to understand how so much hate can consume a 14yr old. Until I got out in the work world at 19 or so I though I loved everybody.
laura

United States

#15 May 12, 2012
i feel for the mother of these children. it's such a horrible tragedy.

“Hey Moe ! ! !”

Since: May 12

Alapaha , Georgia

#16 May 12, 2012
Spotted Girl wrote:
I wonder where their parents were? I mean, they were living with their aunt and uncle as part of a foster care situation. The rope was not tied into the traditional noose style:
http://news.yahoo.com/ala-sheriff-boy-14-char...
The girl was out riding her bike and the aunt noticed she was missing. The boy confessed and the police know the motive, but they haven't released it to the press yet:
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-boy-cha...
The reason the press doesn't have the motive yet probably has to do with the fact that the charging documents are sealed. However the CNN story says that the sheriff has no clue about the motive:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/alabama...
The boy had a history of aggression toward the girl, according to a neighbor, but he never acted that way toward the neighbor's granddaughter. Just to shut the possible racists up, it seems to be a White family. Here is a pic of the girl and a video:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/14-year-old-b...
Got more of the story from you then the article gave ,thanks

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#17 May 12, 2012
They are half siblings and I suspect jealousy as being the core reason for the child's death.

My condolences to the family and I hope the half brother gets serious, and much needed, counseling.

My daughter & her half sister had fights growing up but never to the extend that one killed the other.

Spotted Girl

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#18 May 12, 2012
Syloc wrote:
<quoted text>Got more of the story from you then the article gave ,thanks
Thank you. I was just trying to dig up more information because the article told very little. Still haven't found the "why" part yet. Maybe once the arraignment process takes place and a determination is made as to how to try him, maybe we will learn more. We will probably learn the most if he is tried as an adult if my understanding about the difference in privacy requirements is correct.

Spotted Girl

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#20 May 12, 2012
Gail Snail wrote:
They are half siblings and I suspect jealousy as being the core reason for the child's death.
My condolences to the family and I hope the half brother gets serious, and much needed, counseling.
My daughter & her half sister had fights growing up but never to the extend that one killed the other.
You may be right. We will see as more information makes it into the public light. I have mixed feelings about how this should proceed. He may have a better chance of rehabilitation if tried as a juvenile if the court is in more of a position to require psychiatric care. Plus in most states, it is easier to get a minor than an adult into a psychiatric facility.

On the other hand, he would get a stiffer sentence if tried as an adult, and psychiatric care in there tends to be poor. Depending on the prison, psychiatric inmates tend to get mostly only group therapy, and are often put in cages during the sessions, with the therapist or facilitator out of urination range. My guess is that is mostly in supermax prisons, since extreme isolation is part of the punishment. Unless someone is schizoid or raised in an environment where they were alone a lot and learned to prefer that, then many years of no more than an hour of human contact a day can create insanity and acting out. Feeling totally powerless in that environment, and out of touch with reality and social customs, about the only way they may feel they have to express themselves is through their body waste. I would not want to be a guard in such a facility, since getting covered with bodily fluids is common.

I agree that sibling conflicts are common, and most do not become deadly.

“Tea Parties Work”

Since: Nov 09

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#21 May 12, 2012
How crazy is this?Im sorry for this family,but the 14 yr old should be charged as an adult an sentanced to to die for doing something so horrible to a 9yr old
Rambeaux

United States

#22 May 13, 2012
Palin Fan Forever wrote:
How crazy is this?Im sorry for this family,but the 14 yr old should be charged as an adult an sentanced to to die for doing something so horrible to a 9yr old
I would agree that he should be tried as an adult, but a death sentence is pushing it way too far. If the boy is serving a life sentence in a men's prison, he will die a thousand "deaths".

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