Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Better Option

Professionally run institutional homes for neglected children are no substitute for a stable home and family environment


Grandmother: Stargell was ‘doomed from the womb’

Anthony Stargell Jr. grew up in a dysfunctional family, has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, struggled to read and was raised by grandparents, an uncle and “the streets,” according to testimony Monday in the death penalty-eligible sentencing phase of Stargell’s murder trial.
One of Stargell’s grandmothers testified that the 14 children born to her daughter — Stargell’s mother — were “doomed from the womb” because of her lack of love, attention and caring. Family members said Stargell’s birth name was Antonio Nino Brown, a reference to a drug dealer in the 1991 movie New Jack City.
A jury last week found Stargell, 23, of Dayton, guilty of three counts of aggravated murder in the killing of 54-year-old Dayton businessman Tommy Nickles in April 2012. The jury heard opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys as it weighs aggravating circumstances against mitigating factors before deciding on what type of sentence Stargell will get. 
Posted by Paul Hunter

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