Charging a 5-year-old with Murder?
Johnson, 18 months old, was in a Kansas City house on June 3rd with other children, but the 16-year-old girl who was supposed to be looking after them fell asleep, Snapp said.
Investigators learned through interviews that a 5-year-old girl in the house got irritated at the boy, Snapp said.
"She said she got angry because he would not stop crying and she held him under the water until he stopped crying," Snapp said.
This is, by definition, a tragedy, but the notion that they are even considering filing murder charges against a 5-year-old strikes me as absurd. Now, the sleeping 16-year-old, or the parents, may well be open to negligence charges or the like, but the idea that a 5-year-old?