Teen Charged With Murdering Father In Scioto County

Mar 17, 2014 Full story: WCHS-TV Charleston 58

A 14-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of his father in Scioto County.

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private

Portsmouth, OH

#1 Mar 19, 2014
I don't think he should be tried as an adult, he is only 14 and does not have an adult mind yet.
Add

Ironton, OH

#2 Mar 19, 2014
He had a mature enough mind to think about it before he did it. The man was sleeping. What is wrong with you people? He is saying mental abuse not physical. Big difference!
jonc

Wilmington, OH

#3 Mar 19, 2014
who was the teacher on the 911 call? The boy is 14 and old enough to know right from wrong and to get help from an adult.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#4 Mar 19, 2014
He might be old enough to know right from wrong but he is still a child at 14
1 in the pipe

United States

#5 Mar 19, 2014
At 14 yrs old u know what ur doin. If u pull a trigger u know what's gonna happen..
private

Portsmouth, OH

#6 Mar 19, 2014
He's still a child not an adult
Concerned citizen

Oak Hill, OH

#7 Mar 19, 2014
Should be put away for good, whether a child or an adult, having the notions and willingness to shoot and kill someone either from pain inflicted reasons needs to be put away. I would not want my children to be going to school with a killer!
Outsider

Mars, PA

#8 Mar 20, 2014
I do not know any of the people involved, I have seen a facebook page to pray for the boy.
I am not disrespecting anyone that had liked the page. I am wondering, since there were over 700 likes to the page, I would assume at least half that number of people have "heard" or "witnessed" this abuse that took place. Again, I'm not saying it didn't happen.
What I'm trying to say is at least half that number that heard, seen something go on before this happened. Why didn't anyone report it to the cops?
The news said the boys mother lived in kentucky, did she not see or visit her son?
Someone had to know that something was going on.
He himself was old enough to report this abuse!
I'm not saying whether or not to charge him as an adult. That's not my place.
I am just curious as to why this so called community is rallying and praying for the boy ( which is great) but where was all the prayers and support at when the abuse was taking place?
Before he did what he did.

Again, I'm just an outsider looking in.

Where we're all of you that knew this boy, his father and the abuse?
Where are the ones on the inside looking out? The ones that knew this was taking place, the ones that could have stopped this boy from ruining his life.
The ones that could have put the father behind bars and kept the boy safe.
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#9 Mar 20, 2014
The definition of "child" varies. Some dictionaries define child as a person before they hit puberty. It certainly adds a tone of innocence when a person is described as a child (for example Travon Martin was referred to as a child by prosecutors.) I think the words youth or adolescent are more appropriate in describing the shooter. After he murdered his father, he was capable of riding his bike 4 miles to a friends house. He was capable of expressing his unhappiness on facebook for all to see. He had a mother, probably living grandparents, teachers, coaches, friends. He had many options to remove himself from the situation The kids being abused in Wheelersburg emailed a teacher and were taken out of their situation. This individual made the choice to murder his own father. Regardless of what he was experiencing at home, he had no excuse for doing this. He should be locked up for a long time.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#10 Mar 20, 2014
We don't know what went on at the house but if he was being abused verbally or physically for a long time, maybe he was scared of his dad? We don't know what was going through his mind at the time. Wrong or right he is still a child.
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#11 Mar 20, 2014
There is no question that what this person did was wrong. It does not matter what went on in the home . A 14 year old understands he has options. He could have just left the home. There are many options for young people in these situations. As for him being just a "child", this is irrelevant. He chose to take life. A murderer is a murderer, at 14 or 50. He chose to take a life when he had other options. If he had raped a young child or committed some other heinous crime, would it matter to you that he was a 14 year old "child".? It is a tragedy. He should be at home tonight, should be going to school in the morning and then on to baseball practice. But he chose to become a killer and he has to face the consequences.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#12 Mar 20, 2014
Still a child who needs some help
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#13 Mar 21, 2014
He was capable to asking for help, but he chose to kill his own father. Most people have a natural aversion to killing others. Even in war, many solider have difficulty killing the enemy and then suffer emotionally if they do. This boy's problem's had been building for a while, this is clear from his Facebook posts. He had time to ask for help and get out of that house. He made the choice to kill and he is responsible for that choice. Teenagers are not adults mentally, but they know it is wrong to kill and they have the reasoning ability to make other choices. He may be a "child" in your eyes, but he is a child that deserves to be locked up for a long time.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#14 Mar 21, 2014
Doesn't matter he's still a child
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#15 Mar 21, 2014
You may consider him a child, but he is a child killer. He murdered his own father. He had the choice of walking out of the house to get help or killing his own father. It makes no difference if he was a "child". He took a life. He definitely needs help as all people who kill other people need help. He will get help in what ever facility he ends up being locked up in. The longer he is locked up, the more help he can get. If he should be released next week, would you take him into your home. Would you let him have access to a gun. Would you let him baby sit your kids? Would you let him date your daughter? After all he is just a child.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#16 Mar 21, 2014
What if this was your son your 14 year old son and he killed someone , would you think of him as an adult or a child? Why would they even wonder if they should try him as an adult when ever your not an adult till your 18. I'm sorry but he's a child .
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#17 Mar 21, 2014
I have two sons. If one killed someone I would support the justice system. A killer is a killer. So what is your justification for one person killing another? People more educated than you and me have determined that criminals, killers, under 18 can be tried as an adult. That is why I would even wonder.......
private

Portsmouth, OH

#18 Mar 21, 2014
He's still a child what ever he did at 14
Joe Joe

Ashland, KY

#19 Mar 21, 2014
Yes, you have established that this murderer is technically a child. You have not established how this changes anything.Hopefully, the prosecutor will help establish that this child is a child murderer and he will what he deserves which is a long time behind bars. It is a shame, but he deserves to be punished. He is within a few months of being able to get a drivers permit. How do you fee about a society that allows a "child" to operate a motor vehicle. Our society feels a 15 year old child is mentally capable of operating a motor vehicle. Surely, some one this age has enough reasoning ability to know it is wrong to kill some one and that he had other options to improve his life . yes , I know, he is still a child. I hope they are reading him bed time stories on the prison block tonight. He is a killer, but he is sill a child you know. Maybe he has a game boy to help pass the hours.
private

Portsmouth, OH

#20 Mar 21, 2014
Well I don't think anyone should get a license until the age 18 because there mind at 16 is still getting into the adult stage. Some mature sooner than others but some still has the mind of a young person. But at 14 the mind is a child still. I agree he needs to realize what he's done was wrong, but we don't know what he has went through and probably wasn't thinking when he did it. I hope he gets the help he needs but I don't think he should be in prison for the rest of his life.

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