'He is not a monster': Mother defends her teen son who killed his toddler siblings because he didn't want them to 'grow up in hell'
The mother of a teenager who murdered his siblings is defending him and says that 'he is not a monster'
The mother of a 14-year-old teenage boy charged with murdering his two siblings is defending her son saying "he is not a monster". The Indiana teen was 13-years-old at the time of the murder and told investigators that he used a towel to suffocate and kill his 23-month-old half sister and 11-month-old stepbrother.
The teen was arrested last week on juvenile charges of murder which took place in May 2017. He killed his half-sister Desiree McCartney and then two months later killed his stepbrother Nathaniel Ritz at their home in Osgood, a rural community Southeast of Indianapolis. The teen's mother Christina McCartney told Fox 19, "He's not the monster that people are trying to portray him as."
"It's a mother's worst nightmare to have such a precious family and then to wake up to the worst possible outcomes," she continued. The teenager allegedly told investigators that he killed his siblings so that they would not "have to live in the hell that he did". The teen also shared that he had a conversation with God regarding his siblings but could not say anything further about it as he had promised God he would not.
The court affidavit states that he was "talking about saving Desiree and Nathaniel from hell and the chains of fire and didn't want them to have to live in the hell that he did" before he described how he murdered his siblings. When the teen was asked about what "hell" he was referring to, he replied by saying "chores". He also asked investigators to look at the list of chores that he had to complete.
The teenager's grandmother told investigators that when she asked him why he killed his siblings, he replied by saying, "he didn't want them to be treated the way he had been". She also revealed that he had told her how tightly he had held the towel and blankets to suffocate them. Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel shared that the teenager's motives were not clear but the doctors who examine him may be able to shed light on the motives.
"In my time here, which has been 19 years, I'm not sure that I've seen anything quite as disturbing and as final as something like this," Hertel shared during a news conference. The prosecutor also revealed that shortly before the teen murdered his half-sister, he had squeezed a kitten so hard that its insides had come out. The boy told his family that he did that because the kitten had scratched him.
Hertel said the teenager's father is currently in prison and the boy's mother is cooperating with the investigation. Hertel added that the teenager was advised of the charges he is facing at a court hearing. The judge shared that he would rule on whether the teen is competent to stand trial. He will also decide whether to grant the prosecutor's request to try the teenager as an adult.