13-year-old Latino teen charged with the murder & sexual abuse of young brothers (VIDEO)
This just might be the most horrid story I've read, like ever. Maybe it'll disturb you just as much as it did me: 13-year-old Christian Fernandez is one of the youngest inmates charged as an adult for the murder of his 2-year-old half brother in 2011 and for sexually abusing his 5-year-old half brother.
Fernandez has an unfortunately long history of family violence. His mother, Bianella Susana had him when she was just 12 years old after she was raped by a 25-year-old man. The controversy behind Christian Fernandez's case has reignited the debate of whether or not children this young should be charged as adults or juveniles, despite the horrible nature his crimes were.
A boy who knows nothing but violence couldn't possibly be doing these heinous things on purpose--or could he?
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The whole Christian Fernandez story pained me to read because he clearly suffered a horrible upbringing. He was born out of a rape to an incredibly unprepared mother, he faced beatings and sexual assault from his stepfather. Even his grandmother was an unfit guardian--cops found young Christian when he was just 2 years old, wandering the streets alone while she was holed up in a motel room doing cocaine.
To charge this child as an adult would do him a disservice. He needs to receive help from therapists and to be protected for once. I'm not justifying his crimes, but he grew up in an environment that reinforced violence as a norm. Sadly, one counselor explained just how emotionally suppressed Fernandez is--he doesn't even appear to understand why he acts the way he does. He claims he had no intention of killing his brother but appeared emotionally unattached when speaking about it.
For now therapists see the teenager as a violent threat, but still wonder if sending him to prison as an adult (he could face 25 years to life) is the right thing to do. What this child needs is to be helped and loved--something no one has ever given him since birth.
How can you expect someone in his shoes to understand what he is being prosecuted for? I hope the judge has mercy on him and requires that Christian get proper treatment, because life in prison may be the last thing this boy needs. It sounds like he's already lived it.
Watch the chilling video of his testimony below:
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