Lawyers, family, and the state of the union
WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. — One teenage girl accused of plotting to kill her older brother suffered years of physical abuse and was sexually abused by her uncle, authorities said Wednesday.
The 15-year-old girl, whom USA TODAY is not identifying because the 3rd Circuit state attorney has not decided yet whether to charge her as an adult, allegedly shot her 16-year-old brother, Damien Kornegay, sometime Monday evening with a handgun retrieved from a locked room, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. She told investigators that she was angry her brother beat her up earlier that day and faces a charge of premeditated murder.
And it gets worse from there. Reading the rest involved the brother who hit her, times when she was locked in her room with only a bucket and blanket, an uncle who molested her, parents who’ve been arrested themselves, and down to a 3 year old in the home taken into Florida DCF custody. The court and lawyers don’t want to charge the girl as an adult, but because her parents are already in jail making them unavailable for her to be released to as a juvenile, they could end up doing just that until something else happens.
The dysfunctionality of the people in this case, from the family to the lawyers to the court, typifies American life. Is it any wonder why government steps in to assume the position of Nanny State?