INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- An 11-year-old western Missouri boy who shot and killed his father in August won't be prosecuted for murder.
Jackson County prosecutors described the boy as severely neglected and abused by the 52-year-old father. The pair lived alone at a home in Independence, where neighbors quoted the boy as saying his father told him to shoot him.
KMBC-TV reports the boy sat silently in court Friday as a judge granted prosecutors' motion to dismiss juvenile charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The boy remains eligible for treatment and care in the juvenile system.
Assistant prosecutor Mary Marquez said she did not believe the boy knew the consequences of shooting his father.