LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 16-year-old charged with attempted murder after police say he tried to burn down his parents’ home with them inside hugged his crying mother and shook hands with his father Tuesday in a Butler County juvenile courtroom as the prosecutor revealed the teen admitted to setting two fires inside the home.
The prosecutor also told the judge he will seek to try the teen as an adult and said that the teen had admitted to setting two fires inside the home on Oct. 23.
Defense attorney Brad Kraemer requested a competency evaluation for teen and a change of venue.
"There have been many attempts to portray this kid as something that he's not and much worse than what he is," Kraemer said. "He's still a 16-year-old kid. He's a scared kid. He's got rights. There are a lot of things that have to happen before he can be put in an adult prison which is what we've seen is everyone's goal at this point."
The judge amended a no contact order so the teen’s parents can visit him but only under supervision. The parents also were ordered not to discuss the case with their son. Another hearing was set on Nov. 26.
The courtroom reunion of the teen with his tearful mother and his wheelchair-bound father whose legs were injured when he jumped from the second floor of the family’s burning home marked a stark contrast with the teen Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones accuses of concocting a "cold, calculated plot."
Investigators say they found records and journals written by the teen depicting how he was going to set fire to the home. The journal included information on how he would tie the door shut to his parent's bedroom so they couldn't escape.
The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the family’s home in the 7100 block of Tarragon Court, according to police.
Investigators say they found the 50-year-old father of the Lakota West High School student outside of the home after he jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames.
Liberty Township fire crews rescued the suspect's 56-year-old mother from her second-story bedroom.
Both were taken to West Chester Medical Center. The suspect's father suffered a broken leg and his mother received treatment and was released after suffering minor injuries, according to police.
You can listen to the 911 call for the fire below.
After investigators spoke with the couple’s son, he was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson.
9 On Your Side reporter Jay Warren spoke with a teacher and a classmate of the suspect at Lakota West.
The teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, described the suspect as a "straight 'A' student" who is taking Advanced Placement psychology, honors physics and honors pre-calculus.
Lakota West student Dominique Lewis said the teen wasn’t isolated at school.
"He seems like he was a good guy he didn't talk a lot a lot but when I talk to him he seemed like he was good I wasn't expecting anything bad out of him," the student said.
Serious crime reported to Cincinnati police, which includes crimes of violence coupled with property crimes, is down by 5 percent during the…
Cincinnati police leaders are looking into splitting up the city’s busiest police district into two.
Guests at the Garfield Suites Hotel were considering checking out of their rooms Wednesday in wake of the violence outside their windows…
Officials say 221 names were listed during the first year of Ohio's registry for people convicted of arson-related offenses.
Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds…
More than a dozen people have been arrested and agents seized dozens of pounds of drugs in a yearlong drug investigation.
The Butler County sheriff says he’s “disgusted” by two separate cases of animal neglect that resulted in the deaths of two dogs.
Authorities charged two Hamilton teen girls and one man Friday after video of the teens beating each other spread online this week.
A man was arrested Thursday more than a month after a crash that killed a missing 29-year-old mother.
A judge drawing balls out of a Yahtzee bottle? That's something you don't see everyday in a court of law.