A 37-year-old father irate over hearing his 15-year-old son had sexual contact with his three-year-old sister made the teen strip naked at gunpoint, marched him to a vacant lot and shot him to death despite pleas from the boy and his mother, a relative said. The boy’s mother, Lazette Cherry, said that her son told her he had improper sexual contact with the girl.
“I called and told his father. This isn’t something you sweep under the rug,” she said. Cherry said the elder Pinkney arrived at the home with a gun, ordered his son to strip and marched him outside despite her protests. “He got on his knees and begged, ‘No, Daddy, No,’ and he pulled the trigger,” Cherry said.
Michigan authorities filed a first-degree murder charge Wednesday against Jamar Pinkney Sr. in the shooting death Monday of Jamar Pinkney Jr. in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. Defense attorney Corbett O’Meara said prosecutors should consider evidence of the father’s state of mind over the sex abuse report. “If something were to happen that would cause a reasonable person to lose control of himself, that is something the prosecution would have to take into account,” O’Meara said outside Highland Park District Court.
This is a sad ending to a sad story. Although I understand this man’s outrage, he should have reported the abuse and let the authorities handle it. The boy should have received comprehensive counseling services, since he admitted his actions. He should have been removed from the home to keep the younger child safe. The murder of one child does not make up for the abuse of another. I have felt the outrage over someone molesting my child, so I know how the father must have felt. But murder is not the answer to child sexual abuse. Punishment, yes. Jail time, yes. But murder, no.
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