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Teens who kill

Couple of recent cases in the States about teens who committed their horrendous crimes against children.

St. Francisville, LA – Police say Jackson “Jack” Attuso, 8, was out enjoying an afternoon bike ride with his family Thursday afternoon, when he was brutally attacked and killed by 16-year-old Trevor Reese.

Murder victim, Jackson Attuso

According to authorities, Jack had become separated from his mother and twin brother on the trail. For reasons unknown, Trevor made contact with the child and stabbed him repeatedly in the back and chest before slitting his throat. Witnesses claim Trevor emerged from the woods, covered in blood, and said that he had “killed another boy.” Those same witnesses detained Trevor until the police arrived. In the meantime, Jack’s mother had doubled back on the trail and discovered her son’s lifeless body. Though she attempted CPR, it was too late – Jack was pronounced dead a short time later. Authorities say Jack put up a helluva struggle against his attacker. The little guy had numerous defensive wounds on his arms and a clump of the murderer’s hair in his hand.

Alleged perpetrator

Trevor Reese, 16, is accused of killing Jackson Attuso of Clinton in a West Feliciana Parish subdivision on June 10, 2010

“This kid has never been in trouble,” said Sheriff Austin Daniels. “He’s not on any medication. He’s had no mental problems [and is] honor student at school – 4.0 average. I just can’t explain. Neither can anyone else at this point.”

A judge has ruled that Trevor, who will be 17 next month, will stand trial as an adult. He pleaded not guilty in murder of 8-year-old.


The victim was adopted from Russia 7 years ago.
That prompted some hostile media coverage in Russia.

Russian press reported that the boy was targeted because he was Russian and one russian official suggested his parents were neglient.

Children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who is helping negotiate the new U.S.-Russian agreement on adoptions, said the parents might be liable for negligence.source

My comment: I don’t think it’s true at all. Unfortunately somewhat hostile coverage is typical for Russia and Russian press when it comes to some foreign nations/countries.


Sahara Grace Dwight

The victim 5-year-old Sahara Grace Dwight

It was first reported that 5-year-old Sahara Dwight died at the family home on West Elaine Avenue under suspicious circumstances on July 9, 2010. When officers and Paramedics arrived at 4:48 a.m. Friday, attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful. She was declared dead at the scene. Soon after the police arrested Dustin Michael Wallace, 16, on charges of Aggravated Murder, First Degree Rape, First Degree Sexual Abuse and First Degree Unlawful Sexual Penetration.

Wallace is not related to the victim but was staying at the home, police said. He was one of five people, including the victim.

Dustin Michael Wallace. He has been lodged at the Douglas County Jail. He will be tried as an adult. He faces life in prison on the Aggravated Murder charge.


It is extremely unusual that the alleged perp is a female. Obviously, like in most cases, a deeply troubled young person is in question with more or less known issues, however that doesn’t mean that they all are ‘legally insane’ as defined by the criminal law in the States.

15 year old Alyssa Bustamante allegedly killed 9 year old Elizabet Olten

9-year-old Elizabeth Olten disappeared Wednesday night as she walked home from a friend’s house around dinner time. Police spent two days searching for the girl in the wooded areas of St. Martins, Missouri before receiving a handwritten note Friday that led them to a 15-year-old juvenile.

The victim

The details of this case are also quite shocking, Alyssa Bustamante admitted digging Elizabeth Olten’s grave four days before the murder and wanted to know what killing felt like

The accused


Missouri grand jury has indicted 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante on on a charge of first-degree murder in slaying of a 9-year-old girl. The grand jury indictment filed Wednesday accuses Bustamante of killing Elizabeth Olten by strangling her, cutting her throat and stabbing her on Oct. 21, 2009, the day Elizabeth went missing.

Police testified that Elizabeth Olten did nothing to provoke the attack against her, and that the teenage suspect led authorities to the girl’s body after they questioned her.

If convicted of first-degree murder, the teen could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

A close friend of Bustamante talks about her




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