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Teen Charged With Murder Had Run Away from Home Before

Police have been called to the home of Robert Richardson III a dozen times.

While police say there have been a dozen calls for police service to Robert Richardson's home over the past year, none were related to domestic violence until the night of the shooting, , public information officer with the , said Wednesday.

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Four of the calls to the home related to Richardson III having gone missing. He was quickly found in each instance and returned home, Worrell said.

"There was no indicator that he was afraid to come back to the home," Worrell said.

Patch has more on the calls to service in this article.

Seth Ford January 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
There were a dozen calls to the Richardson home? That doesn't indicate there was something wrong in the household? OOOOKAAAAY. Right. Let's all pray that the prosecution can make that stand up in court.
AMF21040 January 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM
How come Social Services didn't get involved? If that many calls were made about a teen in an area like Edgewood or Aberdeen they would have had their noses all in it! Especially that many runaway calls!
Hazzard Native January 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
How do you know DSS wasn't involved?
Debbie Amsl Rettberg January 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I still don't know enough, but so far it seems as though the system has failed this young man. It hurts deeply.
Laurie Tabor January 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Totally agree with the comments that it appears the system failed, while the action taken should never be tolerated, from what has been reported it appears that this teen took matters into his own hands to end his abuse. My heart breaks for this kid and I can't help but think it could have been avoided.
AMF21040 January 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Hazzard Don't you think it would have said it with the story? I mean on the news they physically showed the copies if police reports!
Hazzard Native January 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
DSS documents are not open for public inspection like regular court documents are.
Hazzard Native January 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Did the system fail? How do we really know what went on? Maybe the father was strict, or even a bit harsh, but not abusive. Maybe this kid was incorrigible. Is it possible that the son had a very skewed perspective of discipline; that he couldn't differentiate between strict parenting and abuse, perhaps even embellishing things to gain support to his side? It could go either way. Maybe the father was the one that was abused and the son was the perpetrator. Maybe the kid had a psychotic break that had nothing to do with his father's behavior, only the son's mental status. I do feel bad for the entire family, shooter included, but how can anyone say that the system failed when we are not privy to the goings on of this family, DSS, etc? I pray for all involved, I'm glad the kid is behind bars until he can be appropriately sentenced and rehabilitated, or get the hospitalization that he needs. There are way more questions than answers at this point.
Ashley January 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Oh! I have an idea, maybe they weren't involved because there was no abuse. His brother even said so on the other article.
concerned reader January 12, 2012 at 03:55 AM
terribly sad story...will we ever know all of the details? doubtful. Did the system fail the young man? the father? not sure...
jayne schroeder January 12, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I feel sorry for the boy. The neighbor's said that the father was horribly abusive verbally and would just go off and they would hear him outside. I also heard that the boy said his father hit him at school. This child was screaming for help and no one heard him. Children don't run away for nothing. I hope he gets the help he needs. Yes , maybe he was afraid to tell the police because he was brainwashed by his father. Who really knows. It is not always the child's fault. so sorry
Nick January 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Hello!!!! His brother posted that there was no abuse in the house and that he was a rebellious teenager who was hard to deal with.
AMF21040 January 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Either way troubled or not when you run a way that many times the law is supposed to take the issues in their own hands. Do you know how many teens have been arrested and put in Juvi for running away and not staying home??? i think 4 times in 6 months counts for some type of action to be done!!!!
AMF21040 January 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM
never said abuse!!! DSS isn't only for abuse!!
Ed Jr. January 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Sounds like Jesse Bane needs a better decision process. Good grief!


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