Family of 10-Year-Old Murder Suspect Doesn’t Want Him Back

boyThe Stir – by Ericka Sóuter

This story is horrifying on so many levels. First off, it’s hard to believe that a 10-year-old would be capable of beating an elderly person to death. But that is just the crime that Tristen Kurilla is accused of. The second shocking aspect of this story is that now his parents don’t want him back. They reportedly would rather have the poor, troubled child behind bars awaiting trial than with them.

Kurilla was charged as an adult after killing a 90-year-old woman who was being cared for by his grandfather in Damascus Township, Pennsylvania. The reason? He asked her a question and she reportedly yelled at him. That is what set this kid off. It’s as shocking as it is frightening, to be sure.  

Since being taken into custody, he has been held at jail in a private cell. Originally, the family’s attorney had petitioned to have the boy returned to his father or moved to a juvenile detention center. But that request has been rescinded. The juvenile facility is over 90 miles away, making it too hard to visit. As for the other option — they don’t want him back under their roof. His parents, apparently, are an “emotional wreck” and don’t feel comfortable having him in their care. I can’t say I blame them. What he did was brutal and monstrous.

It’s hard to accept that any child would do something so horrific — especially your own. So they want him to stay just where he is. They believe he is being treated well and is allowed to color and play. All the comforts of home, I suppose? Though, Tristen may see things differently. Detectives found a piece of paper in his cell with “How to Escape” written on it.

I understand their trepidation and fear, but you don’t just get to dump him. In fact, the questions we should be asking is what made this child like this? What has he experienced to turn him into a murderer? Perhaps his parents are not ready to confront those answers and what, if any, role they may have had in it.

Do you think the parents should be forced to take back their son until his trial?


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14 thoughts on “Family of 10-Year-Old Murder Suspect Doesn’t Want Him Back

  1. I don’t think that child needs to be anywhere but in a cell. If getting yelled at by an old woman provoked him to beat her to death, I certainly wouldn’t want him in my home. If you have to sleep with one eye open for fear of being bludgeoned to death, then the child does not belong at home. Some people are born evil and it’s not always the parents’ fault. Sounds like he may be one of them.

  2. Makes me wonder what medication the kid might have been on and also what video games and TV shows was he allowed to watch. No doubt about it he must be possessed with a demon. I would not want him in my home as I have to sleep sometime. In two more years just think what he will be. There are always signs that a person or child will become violent and out of control. Guess no one was paying attention.

    1. “Makes me wonder what medication the kid might have been on…”

      This is the first question I would ask in a violent act; especially with a 10-year-old.

      1. I totally 100% agree. Psychotic medication prescriptions are rampantly written to adults and children, and common side effects are “homocidal or suicidal tendancies.” Many of the school shooters were on psychotropic drugs. I think many of the politicians may be on them too.

  3. This is so sad. He is NOT responsible for what he did. He made a mistake, albeit albeit a big one, but kids at that age are not fully able to control their impulses and understand the consequences of their actions. He can be made to understand that what he did was wrong. No ten year old child should be totally alone in the world. It’s the unloving parents of this boy who are irredeemable.

  4. he was probably training to join the police after leaving school.

    his defence will be: “she engaged me”
    and “i feared for my life”
    and of course “she was coming right at me!”

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