‘He’s not a monster,’ mom says after son, 14, charged in deaths of younger siblings

FOX News: A 14-year-old Indiana boy was being held at a juvenile detention center after confessing to the suffocation deaths of two younger siblings, authorities said.

The first child, a 23-month-old girl named Desiree, died in May, five days after being hospitalized for “not breathing right,” mother Christina McCartney told FOX 19 of Cincinnati.

A few months later, McCartney’s 11-month-old stepson, Nathaniel Ritz, died after being suffocated, the report said.

Soon after the boy’s death, the children’s 14-year-old brother confessed to killing them, authorities in Ripley County, Ind., said.

But McCartney spoke out in defense of the teen.

“He’s not the monster that people are trying to portray him as,” she told the station. “It’s a mother’s worst nightmare to have such a precious family and then to wake up to the worst possible outcomes.”

The teen told investigators that he killed the children so that they wouldn’t “have to live in the hell that he did,” prosecutors allege, though the meaning of the teen’s words wasn’t clear.  MORE HERE

20 Comments on ‘He’s not a monster,’ mom says after son, 14, charged in deaths of younger siblings

  1. He’s already on his way to Serial Killer city – try him as an adult & execute him. Save us ALL a lot of money and whining by the moronic left.

    And do something with the mom, too. Tie her tubes. Make her bunk with the murdering kid until he walks the Green Mile.

  2. Kid was probably molested for long periods or some shit.
    He’s a broken little freak, desensitized. Definitely a serial killer in the making. I feel so horrified for those poor babies. If he REALLY wanted to protect them he would’ve snitched on the abuser, or ran away. Not murdered them.

  3. This is a local story to me. One interesting clue as to the viability of the family . . . apparently none of the kids have the same last name. And the killer’s father is in prison. I’d like to know how much this completely dysfunctional family has cost working taxpayers over the years.

  4. “It’s a mother’s worst nightmare ..” Is perhaps the only true statement I can determine from the sketchy details reported about this tragedy.

    If the accused did it on his own initiative – his mind is broken and he is a monster. If he was forced to kill his siblings by his stepfather or be killed himself as claimed. Then he’s more like the 15 y.o. kid, Sanford Clark, that was forced to kill other children by his pediofile uncle in the story about the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders in 1926 ~ 28 Calif.

    https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2008/12/21/clark-chief-witness-in-20s-child-murders-led-exemplary-life/ .

  5. Seriously? like I need to know about this? We don’t really need to know. MJA, please pick your stories more carefully. This is horrific and disgusting.

  6. Heh lady, you know what your boyfriend was all about! You spread your legs and brought those two babies into the world. You did this! You both should be arrested. I blame you the mother most of all.

  7. The monster who begat a monster is…Mommy Dearest. Don’t think any of the baby daddies could hold a black candle to that wicked witch – good acting.

  8. “If I had a nickel…”

    How many stories have we heard about these “wonderful boys…”


  9. The teen told investigators that he killed the children so that they wouldn’t “have to live in the hell that he did,” though the meaning of the teen’s words wasn’t clear.

    Huh?? Typical Child Protective Services mentality. Two dead babies in the same family didn’t pique their interest?
    Keep covering for him “mom”. You raised him. He was coming for you next.

  10. Local news for me, too.

    The neighbor was interviewed, saying that she thought the boy, 14, was given too many chores because he was made to carry in groceries and help mom bring in the young ones by ‘carrying one of them.’

    That’s not too much. Little bastard is evil.


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