Boy Found Dead In Dryer

Prosecutors have filed murder and other charges against a 14-year-old central California boy accused in the death of a 4-year-old neighbor boy, whose body was found in a clothes dryer at the teen's home.

Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth Egan says the 14-year-old was charged as an adult Tuesday. Egan says the teen also is facing charges of sodomy, kidnapping and murder of a witness to prevent testimony.

He is due to be arraigned Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say if eventually convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says the body of 4-year-old Alex Christopher Mercado was found Saturday in the 14-year-old's family home in Mendota. Earlier Tuesday, Fresno County authorities said Alex was drowned before being stuffed in the dryer.

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  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Nov 7, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    too many Mothers at work, too many kids being unsupervised, too much violent games, too much violent immoral TV, and too little GOD !!!!
  • by softmagnolia Location: southcarolina on Nov 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Put the blame where it belongs; lack of compassion, the "get everything you can for free" attitude; my me mine all your little life cause the Me generation has raised these non feeling humans[?] Responsibility, respect and compassion for others, SHAME, are things the PARENTS should be teaching, but they are not. Take a look at the 22, 29 group...mothers killing their babies, that looks are the only thing that matters, look at that generation., Now look whats coming can't fix this, my friend.
  • by mom Location: Ayden on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Ok..being charged as an adult, will likely spend life in prison. I wonder what California's definition of life is in terms of prison time.
  • by Neil Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    When it comes to the argument of nature vs nurture, I tend to agree with the nurture side. The one comment that I will disagree with is Lynne's. Violent has been apart of societies forever. Placing the blame on TV, music, cartoons, and video games is what parents who aren't involved enough with their children do. There is a rating system for video games for a reason and being a former GameStop employee, I can tell you that the rating system is enforced. If a child gets his hands on a Mature (17 ) rated game, the parent bought it for them and more than likely did not know what it is they bought because they aren't involved enough with their children. Teaching their children the difference in fantasy and reality is also an important part. Lastly, the part about Asian developers selling "poison" to our children? That is a xenophobic view and borderline racist to boot. Not all games come from Asia. The majority of games in the U.S. market are from Western developers.
  • by Fran Location: Jacksonville on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    I don't think that whether "it's in the gene's" or "from the environment" is the issue at this stage. 14 years old and committing this horrible crime is. If guilty, and convicted, he should be put away for "life" - really for life, not just for a certain amount of years. He is not going to get better in prison. He will only return to destroy more lives if released. If he was abused as a young child, we cannot change that, but we can do something to make sure no other child(ren) suffer at his hands... ever!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Nov 5, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    Now I wonder, when this 14 yr old reaches the age of 21, will his record be wiped clean, like those boys in England that killed that 5 year old? Their records were wiped clean, and they were given new identities. We have got to stop protecting these juvenile killers. Psychological issues are involved and they need to be locked up in a mental institution for the rest of their lives receiving help, not let back out into society.
  • by Lynne Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Both of yall are somewhat right. But a murderer is not born a murderer. There are personality traits that are inherited, but your environment has more to do with shaping a person's behavior than anything else. More than likely, the 14 yr. old suffered abuse himself, or had some kind of mental disorder where he felt he had "no control" over. So, to feel in "control" he murdered a 4 yr. old. Most murderers in prison were severely abused as a child. Many people who were abused as a child, don't grow up to be murderers either. But, add to this all the violence on TV, in music, cartoons, and video games...well this is the product of our letting kids watch and participate, it desensitizes the violent acts. PS: Another thing I liked to tell parents:Look who are producing/making these games,cartoons, etc? Japanese and Korean writers/artists/videomakers. They make them and sell the "poison" to US while their kids are busy studying to out perform US academically especially in math and science.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Leisa! Ted Bundy was adopted he could have been born with inherited mental problems from his real parents. it's in the genes honey.
  • by Leisa Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Some people are just born mean! Look at Ted bundy he came from a good home with good parents. Evil exists and it's not going to get better!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    The 14 year old had to learn the behavior some where. Was it from another persons action or what is now being taught in schools?
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