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9-year-old threatens to kill Johnston woman, children

Posted February 9, 2012

— A 9-year-old boy is undergoing a mental evaluation after Johnston County deputies said he brandished a box-cutter and threatened to kill a woman and five children last week.

The incident happened in the Brogden community east of Smithfield, when a woman said she saw the boy vandalizing her mailbox. When she asked the boy to leave, he pulled out a box-cutter and threatened her and five children playing in her yard, authorities said.

The woman suffered a minor injury during the incident.

Authorities haven't decided whether to charge the boy.


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  • storchheim Feb 9, 2012

    Sorry for this kid. It sounds like he never did and never will have a chance in life. But that doesn't mean he has license to destroy and hurt others.

  • ctrautman Feb 9, 2012

    Charge his parent(s) with neglect, charge the kid with assault, then send him to jail for a few days. If the consequence is not undesirable, then the behavior will be repeated.

  • froggygirl Feb 9, 2012

    This child may already be lost. The system doesn't deal with this sort of thing very well. Clearly, he needs professional help, but I'm not optimistic about the outcome. Young as he is, I do believe that he knew exactly what he was doing. If he's been living in a rough environment, physical punishment might not have much effect, whether you think it's needed or you think it's abusive.

  • Kaitlyn Feb 9, 2012

    JustaCitizen, I feel bad that you live near this child. There was a kid like that in my neighborhood where I grew up, and he was causing trouble since he was about 8 or 9. It was a nice neighborhood and his parents seemed ok but he was just a bad seed. He was a year older than me and I was really afraid of him.

    He has been in constant trouble with the law since he was about 14. He's about 21 now and I think he is back in jail.

    As far as spanking goes, I don't think that has anything at all to do with how a person turns out. My mom and dad never laid a hand on me or my sibs and we are all doing just fine.

  • JustaCitizen Feb 9, 2012

    Freedom...When you spay and neuter then you have to worry about a commission reimbursing them later in life. Wait that happened!! My kid has access to a box cutter that is kept in a tool box in my room. He knows not to play with my tools and he has gotten it for me when I needed it. The home life for this poor kid is deplorable. I have made posts on other stories about adults blaming thier bad childhood. Once you get mature enought to understand the ramifications of your actions, then throw the childhood excuse out the door. He is not mature enough yet, and I do sincerely believe that his home life is a major source of his problems.

  • freedomrings Feb 9, 2012

    Curious what his home life is like. A nine-year-old that has access to a box cutter speaks milestones. In my personal opinion (yes, I'm a mother too ), most kids are good kids, the problem is when they're born into a family that has no business having children. Spay and neuter, people.

  • dontgetmestarted Feb 9, 2012

    Ignorance breeds ignorance. I do feel bad for kids who grow up in a home with little to no chance right off the bat just because the lost the "parent lotto". Although a mother AND a father in the home is preferable it IS possible for a mentally stable, educated and well rounded child to be raised by ONE parent if that one parent is attentive to their child(ren). Happens everyday in this day and age.

  • trianglerelic Feb 9, 2012

    Give him a few years, he'll be killing with the best of them soon enough...

  • dontgetmestarted Feb 9, 2012

    Bless the little snowflakes heart

    LOL! BTW...love the name Tc9

  • outdoor592000 Feb 9, 2012

    Relflection on spanking. I am 52 yrs old, got a switch, a hand, and a couple of times a belt, both by my mom and dad. What it told me was when I crossed the line, set by them, there were repercussions. Now there is a difference between a spanking, and abuse. Children are very smart from early on, they figure out very quick what they can get away with, and parents have to try and keep them in line. What is going on with this kid probably far exceeds this conversation though.