A teenager in Ohio shot his father over an argument about his bedtime, according to police. The teen then reportedly stole a car and fled to his mother’s house in another state.
Shortly after midnight on May 11, a 15-year-old boy allegedly shot his father in the stomach over an argument about what time the teen should go to bed. The father, 45-year-old Damon Robinson, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to survive, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The boy’s 17-year-old stepsister called 911 to alert the police that the father was shot by his son, Newsweek reported.
Forest Park Police Lt. Adam Pape said the Ohio teen drove the stolen vehicle more than 100 miles to his mother’s home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Police tracked down the teen, who surrendered himself to authorities.
The eighth-grader was charged with felonious assault and auto theft.
It was not clear where the teen got the gun.
During a video conference call on Monday, the father informed Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate Elizabeth Igoe that his son can’t stay at his home.
“He can’t stay with me, your honor. It’s pretty much self-explanatory to see where I’m at,” the dad said from a hospital bed. “I feel like these little problems have been popping up and up, and I feel like it’s a slap on the wrist to let him out right now.”
The mother welcomed the son to live at her house in Kentucky. However, Magistrate Igoe said the teen could not be released to his mother because she lives in a different state from where the shooting allegedly took place, WXIX-TV reported.
The suspect’s mother said the minor has no family in Cincinnati.
“He was there to live with his father – I just needed a man at the time to be in his life – the full details of this case have not been exposed,” the mom told the magistrate. “But he has no family support in Cincinnati. None. He doesn’t know any children there, he knows no one besides his dad and his mother. I have not been contacted by anyone from that family at any form of support.”
The suspect’s older brother told the magistrate, ”We just want him to have a good environment around him because (he) is not a bad kid. He just may have had some issues that he was going through but (he) is not a bad kid at all.”
Hamilton County Assistant Juvenile Court Prosecutor Jon Halvonik asked the court to keep the minor in custody.
“There are allegations of a firearm being involved, serious physical harm being involved,” Halvonik said. “Your Honor, if the court were to release this defendant, the state would have concerns that he may have access to weapons. There were allegations that he fled Hamilton County after this incident, and you even heard from the prosecuting witness, or the victim in this case, that problems keep adding up.”
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told WXIX-TV, “Anyone who uses guns to hurt others should be locked up. Period. Especially those who have proven themselves to be a flight risk. There is an attitude that juvenile offenders should never be locked up because they are minors. But we have an entire facility specifically designed to house violent juvenile offenders. If someone who shoots their own father and then flees the state isn’t suitable to be detained at the Youth Center, then who is?”
There will be a hearing on May 24 – when a plan will be devised as to where the minor will be housed.