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Old 04-29-2004, 12:41 AM   #1
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Angry 12 year old kills 8 year old. 2 year maximum jailtime...

Cliff notes: 12 year old boy strangles 8 year old girl and throws body in a lake. Most jail time he can get is 2 years because he is 12.




By MARK DAVIS, CRAIG SCHNEIDER
Published on: 04/29/04


CARROLLTON As court officials ushered a 12-year-old murder suspect in and out of court Wednesday and neighbors gathered outside their homes in murmuring knots to shake their heads, Tom and Shari Yates struggled for the strength it takes to buy a child's casket.

They had to choose the dress in which their 8-year-old daughter, Amy, will be buried. They chose a blue one.


A 12-year-old charged in Amy's death, is led from Carroll Juvenile Court by a deputy on Wednesday.

The Yates family, Shari, Tom and Danielle, 7, grieve the loss of 8-year-old Amy, who was found strangled Monday near their Carrollton home.



They also wrestled with another emotion. The boy charged with her death, they learned, faces a maximum two-year sentence if convicted.

That was all it took for Tom Yates. He wept, again.

"It's not right, that someone could do that, and get away with two years," he said.

Said Amy's mother, Shari Yates: "I'm angry that I have been robbed of my daughter."

Amy wanted to be an artist, maybe a teacher. She excelled in her studies at Central Elementary School in Carrollton, where she was known as a "test buster" because she helped her classmates improve their scores on third-grade exams, said her dad.

When she wasn't hitting the books, she was probably on her bicycle, an aqua Huffy that was a familiar sight around the trailer park where the Yates family lives. It had pink handlebars.

Amy's mother saw that bicycle, abandoned, while searching for her daughter Monday night. Amy was never far from it. That's when her mother began to suspect the worst.

"She was supposed to grow up, and have a long life and to get married and to be a grandmother," said Shari Yates. "She was my angel. She was my sweet pea. She was my firstborn."

The second-born, Danielle, is 7. Her father explained to the younger child that her big sister is dead, but he's not sure if the message sank in.

He also recalled a conversation he had with Amy more than a year ago: "You don't need to be playing with that boy."

'Amy, Amy. Come home'

The Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park, where Amy and the 12-year-old boy lived, has three roads, each lined with nine to 11 trailers.

When word spread Monday night that one of the park's children was missing, neighbors did what neighbors do: They fanned out, calling her name.

"It was getting dark and getting cold," said Tom Yates. "I yelled, 'Amy, Amy. Come home.' "

As friends and neighbors probed the darkness for his little girl, Tom Yates walked alongside the boy who lived two doors away, their eyes scanning the terrain for any sign of Amy.

They passed within 30 feet of her body.

And the boy, Tom Yates said, must have known it.

One of those who pitched in to search was the father of the boy charged with her killing, neighbors say. He has declined comment.

Police have not said much about the boy, citing his age. They haven't released a motive in the killing, nor did they say much about the boy's reactions to the charges against him.

"He wasn't squalling or passing out on the floor or anything like that," said Carroll County Chief Deputy Brad Robinson.

Carroll County school officials were just as reticent. They wouldn't confirm or deny that the 12-year-old had been a student in the system.

Neighbors were more forthcoming, and many agreed: The boy was a troubled child who was prone to stealing things.

"A lot of people didn't like him," said Bill Vallandingham, lingering over a cup of coffee Wednesday as the sun warmed a chilled morning. "He's been in trouble for different things."

He recalled the boy would bum cigarettes from residents, and they suspected him of stealing other children's bicycles.

"He's always in trouble," said Pauline Satterwhite, whose 14-year-old son, Deion Boykin, was the youth's frequent playmate. "I've never seen anything like him."

"He stole my sister's bike," said Chris Gossett, 16.

"He was one of the older kids in the neighborhood," said Marlon Burtz, 39, another resident at Twin Oaks. Burtz has a trampoline in his yard, a bona fide kid magnet, and let the boy and others play on it.

"My wife spoke to the boy yesterday [Tuesday]," said Burtz. "He acted like he was real nervous."

On Tuesday night, police charged him with murdering Amy. Authorities wouldn't comment on neighbors' accounts of the boy's past.

The death of someone so young left the Carrollton area stunned.

"There was nothing in her eight years of life that she did that she deserved to be killed," said Diedre Epps, the cashier at the Publix Quik Stop on U.S. 27 here.

Hearing about the killing "made my skin crawl," said Amber Noles, who works at a local motel and has a young child.

The Yateses, she heard, had planned a birthday party for Amy, whose birthday was next week. "Now they're planning a funeral," she said.

Tim Yates, the dead girl's uncle, spent part of the morning at the trailer where his brother and sister-in-law were raising two little girls.

The Yates' beige-and-white trailer bore proof that it had hosted a throng of people recently well-wishers and mourners, bearing food and kind words. Empty coffee cups stood on tables; a bag of Cheez Doodles grew stale.

It also bore the imprint of children drawings on walls, toys. Amy and Danielle shared a bedroom cluttered with posters and crowded by a bunk bed. Amy's kindergarten certificate hung on a wall along with a Scooby-Doo poster.

Amy liked the movie "Patch Adams," said her uncle. And if Dr. Seuss wrote it, she wanted to read it.

A supporter at courthouse

Amy had the upper bed, and beside it hung a framed quote: "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray thee Lord my soul to keep. See me safely through the night. Wake me in the morning light."

In the hallway, the girls had a to-do list on the wall: Make your bed, clean room, wash hair.

The uncle held a photo of his slain niece. She's smiling, wearing a purple shirt and holding a bucket of plastic Easter eggs.

Like others close to the slain girl, Tim Yates said he knew the youngster charged with killing Amy. "He seemed like a boy," said Yates. "Boys go out and do things and get in trouble."

But killing an 8-year-old, he said, "is an act of evil."

Shana Burtz also knew the boy. He'd visited her home, had eaten with her.

And like some, she spoke well of the 12-year-old.

On Wednesday, Burtz stood outside the boy's court hearing, which was closed to the news media and public. It was her way, she said, of showing support.

"I think he needs to know some people love him."

Others wanted to understand why. Why would someone kill a child who loved her aqua bicycle, who kept a Scooby-Doo poster on her bedroom wall and, when she thought of growing up, told her mom and dad she'd like to be an artist?

"She never did anything wrong to him," said Shari Yates, Amy's mother. "I don't understand it."
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:49 AM   #2
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:50 AM   #3
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speachless.
but not leechless.

buh duhm buaah---

too soon?

edit: yeah the kid should be tryed as an adult, it's not like he didn't mean to do it. he threw her in a lake.

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damn...

the parents need to be held responsible, i'd punch that kids dad in the face
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:54 AM   #5
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He had been in trouble before.

I doubt 2 years in a youth detention center will clean this kid up.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:57 AM   #6
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the kid needs serious help, throwin him in jail for a long time will mostly likely lead him to become a career criminal
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:57 AM   #7
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damn it reads more like a novel then a newspaper article, or it is normal and all we have are crappy writers in Seattle.
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:00 AM   #8
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He had been in trouble before.

I doubt 2 years in a youth detention center will clean this kid up.
Ya think?

sorry for sounding callous, but the kid should be terminated.
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:06 AM   #10
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damn it reads more like a novel then a newspaper article, or it is normal and all we have are crappy writers in Seattle.

yeah, WAAAAAAAY too long for a news article, tioo stupid and they write as if they are on tv giving long pauses

anyways hes 12, i thgouht 2 years was too much, but then again i didnt read more than half of that stupid article so i only know he strangled her
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:24 AM   #11
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edit: yeah the kid should be tryed as an adult, it's not like he didn't mean to do it. he threw her in a lake.
He's 12. Are you friggin joking? What are you gonna do try everyone as an adult? People are getting stupider and I'm not talking about the article.

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Old 04-29-2004, 01:31 AM   #12
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He's 12. Are you friggin joking? What are you gonna do try everyone as an adult? People are getting stupider and I'm not talking about the article.

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okay maybe you're right. but something's wrong with the kid and he should have more than just jailtime, methinks years after years of counseling to determine commitment to institution.

the story is written EXTREMELY un-newsmenlike. but that's what people want nowadays and people are getting stupider.

i had posted and edited my first post BEFORE reading the article. sorry for the momentary lack of judgement.
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A bullet would fix things....
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anyways hes 12, i thgouht 2 years was too much, but then again i didnt read more than half of that stupid article so i only know he strangled her
Too long??? Are you out of your friggin head?? He strangled her and chucked her body in the lake.!!

Kill the little corksucker before he has a chance to breed. Sterilize the parents. And hold them at least financially responsible.

I have a beautiful little girl that is one of the most even tempered, loving children I have ever seen. Stuff like this scares the hell out of me. I guarantee that if I had found her in a lake, 2 years of jail time would be the smallest problem that kid would have to deal with.

For the sake of other children out there, please make a public example of this stupid evil little 12 year old waste of skin. String his ass up in the town square.
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okay maybe you're right. but something's wrong with the kid and he should have more than just jailtime, methinks years after years of counseling to determine commitment to institution.

the story is written EXTREMELY un-newsmenlike. but that's what people want nowadays and people are getting stupider.

i had posted and edited my first post BEFORE reading the article. sorry for the momentary lack of judgement.
Ok, I agree he needs mental help more than jail.

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i heard this on the radio this morning....this world is f'ed
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I think we should off him.


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End this kid now. He's of no use to the human race, we have enough **** ups already.
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That's journalism??? That article is the worst I've ever seen. Even Fox news isn't that opinionated.
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Even when i was a retarded 12 year old, i knew right and wrong and i had compassion for people & other living things.

This kid is psychotic, and he better get some serious mental hospital time.
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With stories like this I wish they would include some info on the parents as well. The kid obviously has issues that need to be addressed, but I think his parents do as well.
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