CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Judgement day is here for a 13-year-old boy who shot and killed his 11-year-old brother inside their Streetsboro home in April of 2018. The disposition hearing, or sentencing, for the teen started in Portage County on Tuesday.
The judge said this is among the most serious cases ever in the Portage County juvenile court system.
It will be a few days before the punishment is handed out.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the court will hear from experts, like psychologists and case workers, to paint a clearer picture of the 13-year-old’s past and what led him to commit such a violent crime.
Because the boy is 13-years-old, a minor, Cleveland 19 News is not identifying him.
Psychologist Amy Thomas says the teen was neglected as a baby and harshly disciplined by his foster parents, ultimately leading to “reactive attachment disorder.” In other words, he never had a bonding experience as a baby.
Here is why Thomas says that is so important: “The baby responds to the parent, the parent responds to the baby, and it’s through this bonding, the baby begins to care about what other people think and it’s that attachment that’s necessary to develop a sense of remorse, conscience, empathy.”
Thomas also raised concern about what his young age of 13 says about his likelihood of committing another violent crime.
“Fifty percent of the individuals who commit violent acts at this early an age, will go on to continue to commit violent acts," says Thomas.
The judge can impose an adult sentence if he feels the crime is serious enough. His decision is expected toward the end of the week.