Teen Who Killed Allegedly Abusive Dad Is Being Treated Like a Criminal

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Though this young woman killed her father, many view her as a hero and believe that at least in a small way, justice is now finally being served. Fifteen-year-old Bresha Meadows of Ohio, accused of murdering her allegedly abusive dad, finalized a plea deal that will result in her being moved from a detention center to a treatment facility. 

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Meadows, who shot her father, has been incarcerated for 10 months. In late July, she'll be transferred to the Bellfaire JCB residential treatment, according to NBC News. There, she'll spend the six months that follow receiving therapy that will hopefully begin the long road to healing. If all goes according to plan, the young woman, who was originally charged with aggravated murder but pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, will be able to finally return home. 

At Monday's hearing, the teen's defense attorney Ian Friedman said Meadows is "incredibly relieved."

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"She smiled today, and for the first time you really felt that smile was genuine. She started to talk about her future for the first time," he added, according to NBC.

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We can't even begin to imagine how this young woman and her whole family must be feeling. Meadows's mother, Brandi, a mom of three, told the media last summer that her daughter's actions saved her life after she'd endured years of abuse. 

"I am so sorry she had to go through this," Brandi said. "She is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life."

Previously, Brandi had gotten a restraining order against her husband (although she withdrew it and returned to her husband later on). She reportedly wrote in the order: "In the 17 years of our marriage, he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken. If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children...My life is like living in a box he created for me, and if I stepped out of that box, he's there to put me back in that box."

It's absolutely heartbreaking to think that it had to take Bresha's act of violence for the Meadows family to achieve some semblance of peace. 
 

Because in Ohio, children above the age of 14 can be tried as adults, Bresha was, at one point, facing life in prison without parole, according to her attorney. That had to be incredibly frightening for the teen.

Needless to say, moving to a treatment center is a much more preferable outcome, but many believe this young woman should never have faced these consequences in the first place. 

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Twitter is filled with reactions from those who are outraged that this girl must endure one more moment without freedom.

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We hope Bresha gets the help she needs and can begin a life free from violence and turmoil.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse, you can find help and support at DVIS.org, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by contacting your local women's shelter (domesticshelters.org).

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