7yr old beats infant sister to death

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    Umm.... what should the punishment be?

    http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/06-05/06-02-05/a13wn147.htm

    -year-old suspected of beating infant sister to death
    By VICKIE CHACHERE, Associated Press writer

    TAMPA, Fla. -- A 7-year-old boy beat his baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a two-by-four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said yesterday.
    The State Attorney's Office is deciding whether to file charges against the boy in an attack that rattled even veteran homicide detectives.
    "The veteran detectives who worked on this case have never seen a case with someone as young as a 7-year-old show so much violence and so little remorse," Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
    The attack occurred May 22 in Tampa, where the boy had been visiting his father. The seven-month-old girl was dead on arrival at the hospital where her parents rushed her.
    The boy confessed to killing his sister a week later when detectives confronted him with the evidence, McElroy said.
    The unidentified boy was not taken into custody and is living with his mother while prosecutors make their decision on whether to charge him.
    Police said the father and his girlfriend were outside visiting with neighbors when the boy came to them about midnight on the night of the attack and told them the baby was bleeding. They found the girl with a bloody nose and said she wasn't breathing.
    Hillsborough County Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi said prosecutors were just beginning to review the case and the complex legal issues involved with bringing charges against such a young child. Among the elements prosecutors will have to consider is whether a child so young is competent to stand trial for a crime, Bondi said.
    "There are a lot of issues," Bondi said. "This is the first time we have dealt with a 7-year-old accused of such a violent crime."
     
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    That 7 year old was not being raised right. That's for sure.
     
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    I think his parents, perhaps, need to be beat with a 2x4.....

    This is one of those stories where the little girl will recieve no justice at all...

    The best thing that can possibly come out of such a horrible story is that she's in a better place now...

    *sigh*...
     
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    "raised right"? It doesn't look as though he was being raised at all..
    Which adds another "?"...who to hold accountable..This will be interesting.
     
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    of course he shows no remorse, he doesnt realize what he actually did. obviously he doesnt know right from wrong.
     
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    I'm not sure the parents are totally to blame for this.
    Granted, a child should be disciplined when he hits another. But what happens if he isn't? He's a brat, and no one likes him & they can never figure out why?

    But something else is going on here. The child is mentally imbalanced, is truly possessed by evil, or is acting out something he's seen.
     
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    Umm.. The parents are just outside, and they can't hear the kid screaming?? Or, they just ignored the screams?
     
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    I'm not saying the parents didn't play a part in this. How many parents let their children cry & cry and do nothing? It happens all the time. Geez, children are too much of a bother. The parents were visiting with neighbors, they probably couldn't be bothered.

    I'm talking about what it takes to make a 7 year old child commit murder.....against his sister. Seven years old. That's a baby.
     

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