A teenage girl is now sitting in a juvenile detention center in Warren, OH after shooting her allegedly abusive father Jonathan Meadows, 41, in the head. Bresha Meadows, 14, has been charged with aggravated murder. Despite the details of the case, the 14-year-old has pleaded not guilty.
Two months before the incident, Bresha ran away from home twice and was failing classes. Apparently, Bresha was “afraid for her and her family’s life.” She told family members that her father was threatening to kill them all.
In an interview with Fox 8 Cleveland. Brandi Meadows, the mother of Bresha, called her a “hero.” She continued by saying “I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped us all.”
“In the 17 years of our marriage, he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blacked my eyes. I believe my nose is broken.” She goes on to say, “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.”
Interestingly, that protection order was later dismissed by Brandi Meadows as they were allegedly able to move forward in their relationship.
Fast forward to present, Ian Friedman, Bresha’s attorney, says that the 14-year-old was living in constant fear causing her to stay in her room to ignore the reality of her life.
Friedman also says that “she watched her father punch, kick, and stomp her mother,” a sight traumatic for any child.
The kids also witnessed their father’s alcohol and drug abuse lead to escalated beatings that would, at times, end with their mother being “unconscious.”
Surprisingly, the gun used to shoot the father was the same gun he threatened to kill them all with.
Friedman also noted that Bresha “lived a life that no child should. She took the only step that she could, in her mind, to save her mother’s life, and that of her siblings.”
Friedman is preparing to collect more evidence for the case, including medical records, documents from government agencies and all proof Friedman plans to use to justify the incident.
Huffpost reports that Bresha’s family have created a go fund me account in hopes to raise money for her trial.
Since Bresha’s arrest, family members have started to speak out about the controlling, physically and verbally abusive man her father was.