Fourteen-year-old Bresha Meadows has been charged with aggravated murder after she allegedly shot her 41-year-old father Jonathan in the head just before 4 a.m. on July 28. However, it was revealed on Thursday that her case will remain in juvenile court.
According to the Daily Mail, the Ohio teen shot her father with his own gun, the same firearm he regularly used to threaten the family. Bresha’s mother, Brandi Meadows, was married to the abusive and alcoholic for 18 years. Bresha’s aunt said that after the shooting, the teen turned to her mother and said, “Now mommy, you’re free.”
Brandi has since praised her daughter for helping the family escape her husband. She spoke to reporters, while fighting back tears, saying, “I am so sorry she had to go through this. She is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life. She is my hero; I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped me.”
Bresha was born into the abusive home. She often witnessed her mother being physically assaulted at the hands of her father. Police reports show that cops were called to the property multiple times, but charges of domestic abuse were never brought against Jonathan and he was never convicted.
Meadows’ case remaining in juvenile court means that she can only be held until her 21st birthday. Even if she is convicted of aggravated murder, she will remain in a juvenile facility and not spend time in an adult prison.
The family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the young teen, who is currently being held in a detention center.