A report released earlier this week states that a 7-year-old boy was charged with third-degree rape in the sparsely populated Brasher Falls, New York, near the Canadian border.
The child was arrested by state police for an incident that allegedly took place on Thanksgiving. Police did not release much information beyond the fact that he was charged on March 23, and the case will be handled in Family Court.
Anthony Martone, felony youth defense unit director, claimed the charges as ‘absurd’ and that it was impossible that they would stick.
'Instinctually, it shouldn't happen that a 7-year-old - I don't think you even could really realize what you're doing at 7 years old,' said the Queen's attorney Anthony Martone.
“They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility,” he added.
Under current New York state law, children aged 7 and over can be arrested and prosecuted as juvenile delinquents.
Martone maintained that the boy is apparently being charged as a juvenile delinquent, though legislation pending in Albany would change the minimum age for being charged as a juvenile delinquent from 7 to 12.
This isn’t the first time young people have made headlines recently by committing some atrocious crimes. One of the more notable ones just this past week was when two teenage girls were charged with felony murder after allegedly carjacking an Uber Eats driver and crashing his car in Washington, D.C.
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