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Neal and Jesse Eldridge are two young men on trial For over ten yearsthey suffered severe physical emotional and psychological abuse at the handsof their father It ended the day they shot and killed him Now Neal and Jesseare charged as adults with first degree murder they face the possibility of lifein prison All this because Arkansas Department of Health Services DHS didnothing to step in and save these young livesOn January 24th 1998 Rick Eldridge was supposed to take his sons Nealand 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 Hetold them they could not go to BuckaramaNeal Jesse Eldridge ChildAbuse Tragedy 1 then tried to suffocate them Neal said his father pickedhim up and threw him headfirst into a wall Haddigan 1 As he left Rick toldNeal and Jesse that when he returned he would beat them to death He alsogave them an impossible list of household chores to do before he returnedand said that he would kill them if they didnt Fearing for their lives the boys ages 14 and 15 at the time decided theyhad to protect their mother and sisters as well as themselves from the monsterthey called Dad So the brothers loaded their 22-caliber semi-automatic Marlin rifles Jesse stood behind the corner of the familys house and Nealstood atop a shed next to the house When Rick got out of his truck the boysbegan to fire Jesse shot once but he lost his nerve and lowered his aim to hisfathers legsNeal Jesse Eldridge Child Abuse Tragedy 1 Neal shot fourmore times aiming for Ricks head and neck They then retreated into thewooded area near the house and unloaded their riflesShull 1 Neal and Jesses mother who worked nights at Wal-mart and sleptduring the day woke upon hearing the gunfire She came to the porch and sawRick lying there Rachel the
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