Two boys, ages 7 and 11 allegedly tried to rob and carjack a woman's truck in Portland with a loaded gun recently.
The incident happened over the weekend; Ami Garrett, 22, said she saw the gun and bullets and drove away quickly without giving the kids anything.
Speaking on the Lars Larson Show Monday, Defense lawyer Bill Meyer says it is very unusual for kids of this age to do this. "Most of the time, kids get in trouble, they do something stupid one time, and you don't hear from them again. The typical thing would be, getting a MIP, Minor in Possession of alcohol, and they do an alcohol class, do some community service and you don't hear from these kids again. Once kids get one whiff of the juvenile justice system, they just don't want any part of it and they straighten up."
Meyer says the parents could also be found liable in this case; depending on where the kids got the gun. "Where did these kids get these guns from? I would certainly want to do an investigation. I think that's where the criminal justice system and the juvenile court system really needs to stick their nose in. They need to find out, who these parents are, what's going on with this kid. How come this kid has access to weapons, where did he get them? What does he do after school, who's watching him?"
Meyer says the parents could be held for neglect, criminal mistreatment or even weapons charges.