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A Texas judge sentenced a 12-year-old to seven years in a juvenile detention centre after he removed his ankle monitor and shot a one-year-old baby.
The 12-year-old rapper, named Lil Rodneyy, was also an alleged Crip and admitted to cutting off his ankle monitor to attend a friend’s funeral. However, he claimed couldn’t recall the friend’s name because he only knew the nickname.
Despite the boy breaking down during his Zoom detention hearing, Judge Kim seemed to have seen enough of the child and was unmoved.
“Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?” the judge said. “Every single time, you beg me for one more chance.
You swear to God, ‘On my mama’s name,’ ‘I’m not gonna cut off the monitor, I’m not gonna run off.’”
Lil Rodneyy’s grandfather took the place of his father and helped raise him after his mother gave birth to him when she was 16. According to a previous interview, the boy’s mother was sent to prison twice while he was a toddler.
Lil Rodneyy will remain in a juvenile detention center until he’s 19.
Rodneyy’s mother was interviewed after the hearing. She is a single mom who gave birth to Rodneyy when she was 16.
The boy’s father abandoned his family, and Rodneyy’s mom chooses not to seek child support.
She said she was sent away to prison twice when the boy was a toddler. Rodneyy was raised by her father, who lovingly refers to his grandfather as “Paw paw.”