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Teen indicted for killing father

A 14-year-old boy has been indicted for first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his father. The 46-year-old man was shot in Kansas City, Missouri, shortly before a custody exchange that was set to occur between the boy's father, his mother and his stepfather. The young man, who turns 15 in September, will be required to mount a criminal defense against the charges. It is not yet clear whether the option exists to rehabilitate the child.

The young man was reportedly distraught because his father used to beat him. Friends of the family said the boy often spoke of his father hitting him and that he had often considered suicide. One friend also said the young man had somehow procured a handgun, but it is not clear how he got it. In addition to those reported cries for help, the young man also began posting violent photos on the Web service Instagram. One such image showed a gun and featured the words, "I don't dial 911." Friends said they had noticed the boy was taking a larger interest in firearms, but they didn't think to be concerned.

Court records show the boy's family had been embattled in a divorce and custody battle since 2000. The boy's father had reportedly failed to pay child support for some time. The man owed about $5,800 in back payments. He was supposed to send $200 monthly to the boy's mother. The man was also heavily in debt to a previous landlord.

In the vast majority of parricide cases, the child is a boy and the victim is a father. In most instances, the children who kill their parents suffer from emotional or physical abuse.

In this situation, it is possible the boy's father simply pushed him too far, and his young brain could not fully comprehend the situation. A qualified attorney can help the boy learn more about his legal options, including the choice of a plea and other major decisions.

Source:, "Authorities charge 14-year-old boy in fatal shooting of his father in Shawnee" Tony Rizzo & Matt Campbell, Jul. 03, 2013

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