November 12th, 2008
08:02 AM ET

An 8 year old kills, we are to blame

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Lisa Bloom
AC360° Contributor
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In a new low point for the American criminal justice system, an 8-year-old boy accused of killing his father and another man living in his home faces two counts of premeditated murder in Arizona. Authorities are seeking to try him as an adult.

Police say the child confessed to shooting the two men with a .22 caliber rifle kept in his home.

The lawyer for the 8-year-old says police questioned the boy without a parent or attorney present and failed to notify the boy of his rights.

As if an eight year old would understand his Miranda rights.

Police are also investigating possible abuse of the boy, which they think may have lead to the shooting.

Hm. You think?


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  1. Nora

    Can someone please stop the insanity of the ADULTS in this country that make laws allowing anyone under 18 to be tried as an adult??!!!!
    Who are the real criminals here?????????????
    Its a scientific fact that young peoples minds do not stop growing until they are well into their 20's.,........and no matter what anyone says, NO child has the perception needed to full realize the consequences of an action like this. Neither did the child that was on Prozac that killed his grandparents....no one adequately considered how that drug influenced him.
    This insanity has gone on long enough.
    It takes a whole village to raise a child, and the adults are failing miserably. Face it. Then change it for gods sake. Let one of the rich old boys from Texas have their son in this predicament, and guaranteed, it would change real fast. Oh, we dont hear about their crimes, do we?

    November 14, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  2. Michelle, MA

    Something went wrong somewhere with this child. Someone failed him. I only hope that now, now that two people have been killed, that someone will do something right for this child.

    November 12, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  3. RatherMoore

    I say the parents have to be to blame, but I'll leave that to the police who wrongly questioned the child to investigate. I'm interested to see what happens with this. Though anyway you look at this situation, you cannot deny that this kid needs help not a prison cell.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Cindy

    I've been watching this story since it occurred and was hoping that 360 would do a report on it. From day one I knew that the two men must have been abusing the little boy and that is why he killed them. So really I hope that instead of punishing him by sending him to juvenile for years and years I hope that they actually get him some help. And if it was true that the men abused him then I can't say that I'm sorry that they are dead.


    November 12, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  5. Alex

    It is impossible for me to believe that an 8 year old dreams this kind of violence up on his own. Kids do get angry at that age, but with all the violent material that is sold, especially video games, etc, no wonder horros like this help. Violent material unfortunately provides a frightening alternative in resolving anger upon impressionable youth, especially at that age. But I do dare say parents are the most responsible for their children's conduct. Everyone at any age gets angry, but it is up to Mommy and Daddy to monitor their children growth and social patterns. In this day and age, some parents apparently have their priorities all screwed up. Gun laws will not stop this type of behavior if a child learns the only alternative to anger is to "terminate" what angers them.

    November 12, 2008 at 8:49 am |

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