The Kornegay family of 6 were living in White Springs, FL. A rural town between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. They are a working class family living in a double wide. Father, 37, is a truck driver, who travels frequently for work. Wife, 33, stays at home, but frequently will travel with her husband on his runs.
They together have a 16 year old son, 15 year old daughter, 11 year old daughter, and 3 year old daughter.
The oldest daughter is regularly locked in a bedroom (for being bad) according to the parents, with nothing in it but a blanket and a 5 gallon bucket to use as a toilet. Sometimes up to 3 weeks at a time. The oldest daughter has also been reportedly sexually abused by an uncle. And the 16 year old brother and 15 year old sister were also reported to be sexually active with each other.
So this past Sunday, the parents left together on a trucking run and left the 16 year old in charge. They were planning on returning early Tuesday morning. On Monday, the son beat up the 15 year old sister and locked her in the room with the blanket and the bucket.
Later that evening the oldest daughter convinced her 11 year old sister to let her out of the room. The 15 year old then, knowing that her parents have a gun in their room, which was locked before they left, breaks into her parents room through the outside window retrieving a 9mm pistol, while the 11 year old keeps watch.
She then confronts her brother who is sleeping on the floor in the living room, and shoots him once in the head before he can get up. Deceased brother and the 3 year old sister are left at home, while the 16 and 11 year old sisters high tailed it out of there.
The sisters are later spotted at a Dollar General and somehow police show up and the 15 year old confesses the whole thing.
Parents have both been charged with child neglect. The 15 year old and the 11 year old have been charged with premeditated murder of their brother. The prosecutor is considering whether they should be charged as adults. The 3 year old is in state welfare services custody.
Some of the articles indicate that the only reason that the prosecutor may charge the two girls as adults would be to keep them in juvenile detention for more than the 21 day maximum sentence for juvenile offenses. They have no place to go.
Sad story. I don’t think they should be charged as adults in this case. The state of Florida, hopefully can come up with some sort of solution here.