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Neal and Jesse Eldridge are two young men on trial For over ten years they suffered severe physical emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of their father It ended the day they shot and killed him Now Neal and Jesse are charged as adults with first degree murder they face the possibility of life in prison All this because Arkansas Department of Health Services DHS did nothing to step in and save these young lives On January 24th 1998 Rick Eldridge was supposed to take his sons Neal and Jesse to Buckarama a deer hunting show at the Little Rock Expo Center Before they left that morning Rick caught the two teens smoking cigarettes He told them they could not go to BuckaramaNeal Jesse Eldridge Child Abuse Tragedy 1 then tried to suffocate them Neal said his father picked him up and threw him headfirst into a wall Haddigan 1 As he left Rick told Neal and Jesse that when he returned he would beat them to death He also gave them an impossible list of household chores to do before he returned and said that he would kill them if they didnt Fearing for their lives the boys ages 14 and 15 at the time decided they had to protect their mother and sisters as well as themselves from the monster they called Dad So the brothers loaded their 22-caliber semi-automatic Marlin rifles Jesse stood behind the corner of the familys house and Neal stood atop a shed next to the house When Rick got out of his truck the boys began to fire Jesse shot once but he lost his nerve and lowered his aim to his fathers legsNeal Jesse Eldridge Child Abuse Tragedy 1 Neal shot four more times aiming for Ricks head and neck They then retreated into the wooded area near the house and unloaded their riflesShull 1 Neal and Jesses mother who
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