Saturday, 11 June 2011
So I just read this news article about a five year old drowning an 18 month old in a bathtub. No adults were there. A 16 year old was left to watch the kids and had fallen asleep. The 18 month old was crying and screaming so the 5 year old brought him to the bathroom and drowned him. As of right now they are treating it as a homicide and holding the 5 year old accountable.
I'm not sure what to make of this one. I think the 16 year old should be held accountable too. But really what can you do with a 5 year old? Did the kid even know what he was doing? He was probably just trying to get the other child to stop crying. But then what if the kid did know?
Have you seen The Good Son? Messed up, freaky movie where a child murders his own brother. I'm obviously not saying this is the case here, but I'm just glad I don't have to be the one to decide who's guilty. In the article it said they are going to give the 5 year old a full mental examination.
But even if the child is held accountable, where would you put a five year old and what kind of treatment would you give them? And if it was an accident, where the child didn't realize what he was doing, where do you go from there? How horrible would it be growing up knowing you murdered someone when you were 5?
This is a confusing situation to me.
What do you guys think about it? Who would you hold accountable?