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Juveniles Charged in Boy's Russian Roulette Death

12-year-old was found in abandoned house

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy is dead after playing Russian roulette with peers in Jackson, Mississippi, police say. Deputy Police Chief Deric Hearn identified the boy as Markell Noah, according to reports by Mississippi-based WLBT . He was reported missing before his body was found in an abandoned house. Police arrested two juveniles...

4 Juveniles Surrender After Deadly Attack on Man, 73

Two 14-year-olds have been charged in connection with Philadelphia attack

(Newser) - Police in Philadelphia say a 14-year-old girl has surrendered to authorities in connection with a disturbing attack that killed a 73-year-old man last month. A 14-year-old boy turned himself in on Monday and both suspects have been charged with third-degree murder and conspiracy, 6ABC reports. Police say James Lambert was...

Brothers, 11 and 14, Accused of Stealing 22 Guns

They were arrested after Florida burgary

(Newser) - Police in Cape Coral, Florida, say a 14-year-old boy broke into a gun shop and stole 22 guns with an even younger accomplice—his 11-year-old brother. Cape Coral Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Julie Green says the boys were arrested after they broke into the Guns 4 Less store and ransacked...

Suspect in Lily Peters Murder Is a 14-Year-Old

Police say the suspect's 'intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go'

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the juvenile suspect who was arrested Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in the murder of Iliana "Lily" Peters. Chief among them, that he is 14, and that he has been charged in adult court with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual...

'This 11-Year-Old Is a Prolific Carjacker in Our City'

A look at the carjacking surge and the tweens and teens behind many of them

(Newser) - "Unfortunately, this 11-year-old has been arrested before, and he is considered a prolific carjacker in our city," said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown in a press conference last November, per ABC Chicago . In Washington, DC, a pair of 14-year-old girls were c onvicted of murdering a 66-year-old UberEats...

After Teacher's Murder, Social Media Posts Lead to 2 Teens

Students will be tried as adults for 'unspeakable' killing of Nohema Graber in Iowa

(Newser) - Nohema Graber, a high school Spanish teacher in Fairfield, Iowa, was known to spend her afternoons in a community park. And it's where she spent her final moments Tuesday before two 16-year-old students at Fairfield High School, where she taught, killed her, according to police. The body of the...

3 Teens to Be Charged as Adults in Classmate's Brutal Slaying

Florida's Dwight 'DJ' Grant was beaten, stabbed over 31 minutes

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Florida will be charged as adults in the murder of a classmate, who was ambushed at his apartment building. Dwight "DJ" Grant, an 18-year-old senior at Miramar High School, was found dead in bushes outside the building in Miramar on Oct. 19. A little more than...

Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second
Marine Vet Stops
Armed Robbery in
About a Second
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Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second

'Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around,' says James Kilcer

(Newser) - As he turned to leave a gas station convenience store, James Kilcer saw a handgun pointed in his direction. He didn't hesitate. Within about a second, the 32-year-old Marine veteran reached out, disarmed the masked individual who'd just walked in, and pushed him toward the floor, per USA ...

Teen on Joyride Allegedly Killed Runner, Then Laughed About It

15-year-old charged in juvenile court with felony murder of Greg Moore

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl took her godmother's vehicle out for a joyride without permission, then decided to "scare" a runner by hitting and ultimately killing him, according to prosecutors in Washington state, who've filed criminal charges of second-degree felony murder and felony hit-and-run. Charging documents allege the 15-year-old...

School Slaying Suspect, 13, to Be Held Until Trial

The victim was protecting another student from bullying, police say

(Newser) - A 13-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting and killing a classmate in Albuquerque will remain in custody pending trial. A Children's Court judge agreed with prosecutors during a virtual hearing Tuesday and ordered the boy to remain at the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center, the AP reports. The...

The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old for Rape Raises a Big Question

What's the right minimum age to charge a child as a juvenile delinquent?

(Newser) - In New York state, children as young as 7 can be arrested and charged as juvenile delinquents in family court. But is that age too young? It's a question being asked in the state, one that was amplified by the March 23 arrest of a 7-year-old in Brasher Falls,...

He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement
He Survived
18 Years in 
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He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

Ian Manuel pleads for end to juvenile solitary confinement

(Newser) - Ian Manuel had just finished seventh grade when he shot a woman in the face during a robbery. It was "the act of a 13-year-old in crisis," Manuel writes in a New York Times op-ed, adding that the "cruel and unusual punishment" that followed did not fit...

Cops: Girl Killed Older Sister While Parents Slept

14-year-old charged with homicide

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania say they're still trying to figure out the motive for a rare sororicide involving teen sisters. According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, 14-year-old Claire Miller called 911 around 1am Monday and told dispatchers she had killed her sister, Lancaster Online reports. Court papers...

Sheriff Issues Plea to Parents After Girl Stabbed in Walmart

12-year-old is among 4 girls charged in Louisiana killing

(Newser) - After a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a Walmart in Louisiana Saturday night, the local sheriff issued a heartfelt plea for parents to help stop the frightening rise in youth violence. "This is not something we can police our way out of," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff...

One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die
One of My 'Best Students'
Was Sentenced to Die
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One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die

'Understanding our own humanity is a lifelong project,' Jennifer Lackey writes

(Newser) - "The death penalty is purportedly reserved for the 'worst of the worst' or those with 'irretrievably depraved characters.' But this is based on a myth." That's according to Jennifer Lackey, founder and director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program. It was through the program...

He Led Cops on Long Chase, Couldn't Reach Gas Pedal

Police say 11-year-old boy stole school bus, had to stand to reach the pedal

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Louisiana boy faces a series of charges after police said he stole a school bus and led several vehicles on a chase that lasted 45 minutes. Baton Rouge police said the boy hit three vehicles while taunting them and flipping officers off, NBC News reports. Officers blocked traffic...

Woman Drove Teen Son to Store, Which He Then Robbed: Police

Florida mother faces charges including child neglect

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a parent to chauffeur their children and their friends around town. But investigators in Florida say Amanda Chere Meador was more than a thoughtful parent, she was an accomplice, the Smoking Gun reports. After being driven to a Circle K store in Winter Springs with...

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton...

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's...

14-Year-Olds' Plan to Kill 9 Uncovered by Teacher: Police

Middle school students allegedly made a hit list

(Newser) - A Florida teacher who saw and heard two 14-year-olds acting suspiciously found their plans to kill nine people and dispose of the bodies, police say. The girls now each face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to sheriff's reports....

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