How young is too young? Youth & the Justice System

I consider myself tough on crime, but things get a bit messy when children are involved.

Check out this case wherein a 5 year old who drowned a toddler is raising serious questions with regard to justice.

5-Year-Old Kansas City Girl Held Baby Under Water To Stop Crying

Objectively, they know she did it.  But was it premeditated murder?  Did she know what she was doing?

Does it matter?  She took a human life, knowingly, right?

What, ultimately, is the responsibility for the government, which bears the sword, in a case like this?

What is the role of subjectivity in dispensing justice?


About Eric "Gunny" Hartman

Gunny is pastor of Providence Church in Plano, TX, and has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has completed coursework for a PhD in Rhetoric at University of Texas at Arlington and tries to be a good father to his 4 kiddos, exhibited by coaching a girls soccer team.


One thought on “How young is too young? Youth & the Justice System

  1. Tough one. I’m not able to conclude from this article that the 5-yr old knowingly took a human life. Small kids do unbelievable things and you would think they should know better. I agree with the this: “For a 5-year-old, this is well beyond the pale of what our criminal or delinquency laws are intended to address.” As I said, tough one.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | June 11, 2011, 12:32 pm

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