15-Year-Old & 11-Year-Old Sisters Charged in Murder of Their Brother (VIDEO)

A 15-year-old and 11-year-old pair of sisters who were left home alone by their parents have been charged with killing their 16-year-old brother. Police say that the teen (whose name we are withholding) and her younger sister have been charged with fatally shooting their brother. Police say that the 15-year-old pulled the trigger on her parents' gun, but that her younger sister assisted in the crime. Also in the White Springs, Florida, home was a 3-year-old sibling.

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The shooting happened while the children's parents were out of town. The parents have been charged with child neglect. It's unclear if those charges were related to the shooting or to a 16-year-old being legally too young to supervise his siblings. But leaving teens home alone with a 3-year-old does not seem like the right thing to do if the parents were out of town for any length of time.

Police say that they believe the shooting was triggered by the brother beating up his sister. She then allegedly retrieved a gun from her parents' bedroom and killed her brother. It's unclear how the 11-year-old helped her.

While the parents are being charged with neglect, the whole sad situation makes you wonder at what point parents are responsible for their children's crimes -- especially gun-owning parents. Would they be charged if the teen had stabbed her brother? Personally, I am not in favor of leaving guns around children, even if they are teens, but many parents would leave a gun home with teens for their protection.

We don't know exactly what happened here, but it's clear that the sisters must have harbored some serious hatred for the teen boy -- but why we don't know. If he did actually beat up the teen, perhaps he had been bullying them for awhile. Could she claim self defense? However, we only have the teen's version of events, and the boy is not around to give his side of things.

The girls have been charged with pre-meditated murder. The 3-year-old has been taken into protective custody.

How horrible to think that there was so much wrong with the family dynamic here that these young girls allegedly took the life of their own sibling.

Should teens be left home alone with guns? Should the parents have been charged with neglect?

Image via Columbia County Sheriff's Office

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