Originally Posted by bomarl1969
An 11 year old girl has lost her life over this. I feel it deserves the upmost attention in punishment. Like I said, its murder whether it be a 9 year old, 19 year old, or 89 year old. All murderers MUST be punished to the fullest extent that the law allows.
That's fine--and the law DOESN'T allow for a 9 year old child to be locked up for the remainder of her natural life. She can't be tried as an adult in this case because she couldn't possibly have had the capacity to understand what she was doing.
She'll likely be placed into juvenile detention until she is 18 and be forced to undergo counseling to understand why she did what she did. Hopefully she can be rehabilitated and eventually become a productive member of society.
What she did was terrible, and she needs to be punished and rehabilitated accordingly. But 9 year olds have no business being locked up for life because they lack the capacity to fully understand and appreciate their actions. That will be the case here.