This is a dark subject for little-miss-sunshine here, but I just heard about this story this morning: an 8 year-old Arizona boy has been charged with two counts of murder after his father and a house-mate were found dead.
What is outrageous is that the state wants to charge him as an ADULT. He is EIGHT, people.
My 8 year old daughter has trouble comprehending the consequences of not feeding her bunny rabbit. As the mother of said 8 year old, it seems like not so long ago that she was in diapers; many 8 year olds need help making a sandwich for crying out loud. Eight year olds are CHILDREN. They can't possibly be treated (and punished) as if they have the mental capacity to plan and execute a crime such as murder, while considering the consequences.
What the hell are those state prosecutors THINKING?? Where, exactly, would they even house an 8 year old? You can't exactly put him in with the general population of a prison, now can you?
Furthermore, this boy has never been in ANY sort of trouble before; not so much as a single disciplinary action on his record at school. Oh, AND there is now evidence of child abuse.
What this CHILD needs is help. He needs therapy and love. And where the hell is his mother?
I am outraged.