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California / Baby Beating / Children and The Law #166020

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 26, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(San Francisco: Brian Rooney) The case against the six-year-old who beat a tiny baby, Ignacio Bermudez, reviewed; California courtroom sketches shown. [Prosecutor Harold JEWETT - describes the beating and the boy's earlier threats against the baby.] [Public defender Leslie BIALIK - defends the client.] The possible sentence if he is convicted of attempted murder noted. [University of California at Los Angeles law school Peter ARENELLA - says treatment, not punishment, is called for.] (Artist: Vicki Ellen Behringer)

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Aaron Brown) The troubling trend toward more and more violence by the very young examined; details recalled of the case of 13-year-old Eric Smith, who killed a younger child. [Mother Tammy SMITH - comments.] [Psychologist Jim LEVIN, psychiatrist Dr. Yvette JANSSEN - outline the likely troubles within the families of these children.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tonight's coverage of violent children on 20/20 noted.

Brown, Aaron;
Jennings, Peter;
Rooney, Brian

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