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Nathaniel Abraham was eleven years old when he committed the act of murder Under a 1997 Michigan law a child of any age may be tried as an adult for severe crimes Abraham was the first juvenile to be tried under this statute Accused in the murder of Ronnie Lee Greene Jr Abraham faced first degree murder charges Now at the age of fourteen Nathaniel has been sentenced to a juvenile facility until the age of twenty-one Oakland County Probate Judge Eugene Moore hopes that rehabilitation will put an end to Nathaniels criminal activity Nathaniel a black youth from the slums of Pontiac Michigan grew up with out a father or a strong family unit He in turn never learned the responsibility of his actions he was not privy to an upbringing that reinforced positive ideals Crime Criminology describes in depth the relation between family and criminal activity in youths Page 126 chapter four sited two relevant facts 1 Blacks have much higher rates of illegitimacy and female headed house holds 2 Blacks have a much higher rate of crime than their white counterparts In Nathaniels case it can be said that his lack of a positive role model or father figure lead to his involvement in criminal activities His mother Gloria was struggling to raise three children by herself Nathaniels father had left when he was born leaving her with no one to depend on The family moved in with an older couple who offered to help them With limited supervision Nathaniel was a constant source of aggravation for his mother Police reported that Nathaniel was suspected in over 22 local crimes ranging from assault to armed robbery He in fact had been arrested five days before Greenes murder on the charge of robbery All this by the age of eleven In families where there is no male role model a child is far more likely to become involved in crime The
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