On Friday, two hours after she was reported missing, police recovered the body of a 6-year-old Indiana girl and subsequently arrested a teenage boy connected with the case. Grace Ross was reported missing on Friday at about 6:30 p.m.
An autopsy found the cause of Grace’s death to be homicide by asphyxiation.
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is handling the investigation, and police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with her death. The boy’s name has not been released, and as of Monday evening, no charges have been filed in adult court. Source: PEOPLE.com
The matter is proceeding through the juvenile court system for now.
JUVENILE VERSUS ADULT COURT
One of the more hotly debated subjects concerning juveniles has to do with the option to waiver or be transferred to adult court. Supporters of juvenile waivers claim that minors who commit murder or other serious offenses need more severe consequences than those provided by the juvenile justice system. Opponents, meanwhile, believe adult courts are never appropriate for minors. Source: Findlaw
The juvenile justice system exists to handle crimes committed by minors and focus on providing rehabilitation rather than punishment. Not all children charged with crimes remain in juvenile court. Under Indiana law, some juvenile cases can be transferred to adult court, depending on the child’s age and the nature of their charges.