Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Attorney: Girl, 14, Killed Dad as He Slept to Stop Abuse

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Attorney: Girl, 14, Killed Dad as He Slept to Stop Abuse

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CLEVELAND * 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 in juvenile detention since the early morning shooting on July 28 at her 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.

When about the abuse allegations, Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Stanley Elkins said he had heard about them only from the media. …

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