Not a word in this story from either set of parents
..from Inside Edition
Update: Ok, we now see a long history of mental illness with both. The girl’s injuries are now shot in the chest and arm, and not the neck as reported below. We are talking 39 encounters with law enforcement.
The boy was once held three times under the Baker Act in a ten day period, at 7 years old. The girl has had over 30 police encounters since 2017.
“Since January 2019, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has responded more than 100 times to reports of missing people from the group home, according to dispatch logs.”
“Chitwood said deputies were called to the group home 289 times last year and 89 times so far this year.”
“Kitwana McTyer, president and CEO of Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, said in a statement Wednesday that the home is a “child welfare facility, not a secure care facility.”
Still not a word about parents, and zero information on the conditions they were living under, but they obviously had a lot of wandering time.
As Gordon does so love to say, welcome to how the world really works…JD ]
[ Editor’s Note: You just can’t make this sh-t up! This kind of material is not VT’s usual morning news. I am running it as an example of despite all the resources to deal with problem kids, some slip through the cracks.
The 14 year old girl ended up in a half way house after stealing a bunch of puppies. It seems she was unhappy being there, so she burned the place down. Silly me, I would not have thought to just transfer her to another half way house to burn down.
But it seems that after first torching, she was looking for a little more excitement. She grabs the 12 year old boy, breaks out of the home, and hits the jackpot when breaking into a home a couple of miles away, finding a weapons cache.
With their shotgun, an AK-47, a pistol, and lots of ammo, it was ‘game on’ when the cops came, and what would normally be an inner city gang shoot out begins. The boy needs insulin every four hours. In the end, the girl comes out to engage the cops, as she received bullet wounds.
The 12 year looks like a vacuous 10 year old choir boy, zoned out during the video court hearing. Together the two look like Disney movie kids. Will the court send them to another ‘half way’ house again?
The flip side to this story is the 7 year old last week, who when his family had a boating accident, swam an hour to shore to get help… an interesting contrast in parenting and resilience.
Dad admits that sthe 14-year-old has ‘mental disorders’, but is not a gangster because “she only steals puppies”. He left out her starting a half dozen brush fires one week, where the cops named the unknown assailant, “the fire starter”… Jim W. Dean ]
A 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl who ran away from their Florida group home are in custody after cops say they broke into a house, armed themselves with the homeowner’s guns and opened fire on responding deputies in a 30-minute shootout.
According to authorities, 14-year-old Nicole Jackson was shot and wounded after she came out of the garage and pointed a shotgun at deputies. She remains in the hospital recovering from life-threatening injuries. Travis O’Brien, 12, surrendered seconds later.