Thursday, February 04, 2010

Christopher Pittman - a 12 years old boy who killed his grandparents while taking the SSRI antidepressant Zoloft

Christopher Pittman case is at many sites but I only became aware of it today. This is part of the story at The Juvenile Foundation at this page:

Christopher Pittman

Christopher Pittman at 12 years of age was charged as an adult for the murder of his grandparents.

These crimes were committed while Christopher was under the influence of Zoloft, having an adverse reaction to an adult medication prescribed to him that was not approved for children under the age of 18.

Christopher was held in a South Carolina juvenile detention center as a 5'2', 96 pound 6th grader for 3 years and did not sit before a jury until he had grown to be a 6'1' and 150 pound young man at the age of 15.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

His sentence is the minimum mandatory sentence allowed by South Carolina laws.

At the age of 12 without the benefit of legal representation or a parent being present, he was allowed to waive his Miranda rights with no audio or video taping and gave multiple statements to the interrogators.

Christopher was questioned with no adult or attorney present and was not told his father was outside the room demanding to see his son.

This was Christopher's first offense

I changed the title because I did a mistake saying that he killed his father when it was his grandparents.

1 comment:

Meg said...

This makes me ill. I can't believe they gave him 30 years - that is a crime in and of itself.