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CLEVELAND (AP) — A 14-year-old Ohio girl fatally shot her father in the head as he slept to stop him from abusing her family, her attorney said Friday.

The girl denied a charge of aggravated murder on Wednesday in Trumbull County Juvenile Court. She has been held in juvenile detention since the early morning shooting on July 28 at her family’s home in Warren, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland.

“This was a classic situation of a battered woman as it relates to mom,” said Cleveland attorney Ian Friedman. “The girl and her siblings witnessed this every day. It reached a point where it’s self-defense and defense of others.”

Prosecutors haven’t determined if they will ask a judge to order the teen tried as an adult. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Stanley Elkins said Friday that his office and police continue to investigate.

Asked about the abuse allegations, Elkins said he’d only heard about them from the media.

“I’m not finding any evidence of that,” Elkins said.

The girl’s 41-year-old mother told WJW-TV in Cleveland on Thursday that she filed for a protective order against her husband five years ago but later dismissed it. The mother called her daughter a hero for her actions.

The girl shot her 41-year-old father once in the head with his .45-caliber handgun as he slept on a living room couch and her mother sleeping on the floor next to her husband, Friedman said. He described the father as controlling and said he required his wife to constantly remain near him.

The shooting was a reaction to abuse that had occurred the previous day and evening, Friedman said. “In her mind, this was the only opportunity she had to defend her family and her mother.”

The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles accused of crimes.

Two of the teen’s siblings, a 20-year-old brother and a 19-year-old sister, were in the home when the shooting occurred, Friedman said.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 30. Friedman said he would be cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation.

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16 thoughts on “Girl, 14, Killed Dad As He Slept To Stop Abuse

  1. Sorry this child had to fight for freedom and the youngest. The mom was so scared and let her kids endure years of mental and emotionally abuse. And this is the way it ends. The child should not go up for murder. Let the mom take her place. She was suppose to protect her children.

  2. MARIGNY PELLOT on said:

    I know of a friend who committed murder in self defense at 15 he is now a free man and a productive member of society he regrets what he did every day but doesn’t even think of holding a gun again.what im trying to get at is that the mentality from 15 to 40 is vastly and completely different. They schould try her as a juvenile.

  3. Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

    Bless her heart. It’s not right that she did it in the way she did but maybe, just maybe she saw no other way out in her mind. She is just a child. Now for her mother and the mothers reading this…It is NOT Love from a man when he abuses you at all, in front of the kids or behind closed doors. That’s not Love!!!! So if you or your children are being abused please, please, please leave, or get help as quick as possible because it’s not right that your children should pay for what you put them into trying to make love work. May God bless the entire family.

    • She Needs To Be Free! He Got What Was Coming To Him. I Know She’s To Young To Understand Just What She Did! What Human or Animal Will Let Someone Hurt Them Are Their Loved Ones! I Am God Bless 50 I Would Lay Down About My Whole Household

  4. “The girl’s 41-year-old mother told WJW-TV in Cleveland on Thursday that she filed for a protective order against her husband five years ago but later DISMISSED it.”

    this mother is a jesus-loving piece of shit!!! what did she do to protect her kids? PRAY??!!!
    i’m not even gonna say something about the ‘man’. this fukn nazi.

  5. Ms Curly on said:

    Very sad, I agree we don’t know all the details. The mom called the girl a hero, in my opinion she should have gotten them out of the situation herself.

    • specialt757 on said:

      yes I agree Ms. Curly, on average, an “abusee” attempts to leave 7 times before he/she has had enough and by that time, fatality is often times the outcome, for one or the other. Very sad.

  6. Alberta on said:

    The girl is a juvenile and the media posted her picture…what kinda mess is that America? Post the picture of her father instead.

    • can you guess the western nation which has not ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child?
      here are some more hints:
      this year, it took an executive order by their president to outlaw isolation incarceration of teenagers
      that nation has more poor ppl than any other western nation
      has the highest teenage pregnancy rate of all western nations

      sound familiar?
      w8, maybe this will help: kanye will run in 2020. now you know eyy?

      • Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

        Are you kidding me?……That’s what you had to say?…….Sometimes it’s better to be thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

  7. specialt757 on said:

    If this is true, which I’m pretty sure there is more to the story, she made the first move. No telling how long it would be before he got so angry and killed everyone in the house. Such an unfortunate situation for all involved, her, the mom, and her siblings, oh and the abuser too, super sucks for him.

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