*Attorneys for Bresha Meadows are fighting to keep her from becoming the youngest inmate in the Ohio adult prison system, and the public is aiding with the effort.
Meadows is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting of her alleged abusive father, Jonathan Meadows, on July 28. Police have accused Bresha of shooting her father in the head with his .45-caliber handgun. She was 14 at the time of the shooting, and turned 15 last week.
Cleveland-based Defense Attorney Ian Friedman said Meadows has received an outpour of support in the form of letters and donations.
“People are sharing their own similar experiences [with domestic abuse] and telling her to keep her head high,” he told the Huffington Post. “This tragedy has brought out the best in so many people literally across the globe. Their hearts go out to this young girl.”
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Her mother, Brandi Meadows, called Bresha “a hero” after the fatal incident. She said she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. Many social media users have voiced their anger at the mother for putting her daughter in such a position. Many are wondering why the mom didn’t seek help with trying to leave her abusive husband, or even pull the trigger herself.
Community-based organization Love & Protect released a statement in support of the teen. The group called for prosecutors to drop all charges against Meadows, and to release her immediately from juvenile detention.
“The incarceration of Bresha Meadows serves no one. Bresha is not a threat to herself, family or community,” the group said. “Instead, it perpetuates the violence against Black women and girls that is inflicted at both the state and interpersonal levels every day. The state failed to protect Bresha. Now, it has chosen to criminalize her.”
Meadows has entered a plea of “not true,” the equivalent to a “not guilty” plea. A GoFundMe page has raised over $28,672 to support Bresha and her family.
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-799- SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.