A nine year old is facing prison time after three children and two adults died in an illinois trailer park fire. The child is being accused of deliberately starting the fire. The 9 year old has been charged with 5 counts of first degree murder. No, this is not a joke. This is happening. Listed in the juvenile system, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson has been handed down to the nine year old. Due to age, identification of the child has not be revealed.
State attorney Greg Minger had this to say in going ahead with charges against the child for what is being called an intentional fired that took the lives of three people:
It was a heavy decision,” Minger said. “It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have. But I just think it needs to be done at this point, for finality.
Here is the challenge for the prosecutor to prove the child started the fire intentionally according to a defense lawyer:
Nine-year-olds don’t know that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. They don’t know people die and don’t come back to life,” he said. “I don’t know if nine-year-olds can form intent to commit murder.
The child may not see the day of a long term prison sentence. As a nine year old, if found guilty- a probation period of 5 years may be handed down to the child.