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Girl kills abusive father and faces murder charges

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You may have seen the #FreeBreesha hashtag across social media outlets lately. The rise in popularity of the tag comes from the heartbreaking story of Bresha Meadows. The 15-year-old Ohio resident was arrested for aggravated murder after shooting her father in the head on July 28th, 2016. She was taken to a juvenile detention center in Warren, Ohio and plead ‘not true’ (equivalent to not guilty in standard court) to the charge. Since Meadows’ arrest, other family members have spoken out about her late father’s abuse. Her mother, Brandi Meadows, even filed a civil domestic violence order of protection against him in 2011. “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,” she wrote. “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.” Bresha is said to have run away more than once, telling her aunt and Cleveland police officer, Martina Latessa, of her father’s abuse to their family and his threat to kill them. “The nightmare she was born into had a profound impact on her, to the point where she was suicidal,” Latessa said about Bresha.
This heartwrenching story has stirred up national and international support for Bresha and her court case. #FreeBreesha became a hashtag and now campaign for the now 16-year-old girl in her fight for freedom.

People have been showing solidarity by sharing the story across social media platforms, local and national actions in solidarity and writing to Bresha while she’s incarcerated. News outlets nationally have been keeping up with the case that is guessed to be watched internationally. The website dedicated to Bresha and her case continually posts updates about her case, press bites from articles, ways to support and to contact Breesha and her family. The most recent update being on May 22nd, 2017: the finalized offer of a plea deal. Bresha pleads ‘true’ (equivalent to a ‘guilty’ plea) to a reduced charge of manslaughter with a gun specification and spends a full year (including the 10 months already served) in the juvenile detention center and six months in an in-patient mental health facility of which her family is required to pay for.
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You can find ways to support the #FreeBreesha campaign here.

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