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Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved
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Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The youngest murder suspect in Jacksonville history, Cristian Fernandez has spent three weeks in isolation at the Duval County jail.

But on Friday, Chief Judge Donald Moran ordered that he be moved back to the juvenile center, saying he did not like the fact that the child, presumed to be innocent, was in isolation for 23-hours a day.

The 12-year-old is charged with first degree murder in the March 14 beating death of his 2-year-old brother. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

There were other juvenile inmates at the adult jail with Fernandez, but State Attorney Angela Corey said he was kept in isolation for his own protection.

The state said others need to be protected from Fernandez.  According to a document filed by the State Attorney's Office today, Fernandez is a "...significant risk of violence to those around him."

The document notes that in the case of his 2-year-old brother's murder, Fernandez "...repeatedly slammed his brother's head into a bookcase....(until he) 'went to sleep'(or lost consciousness) because (Fernandez) was angry."

It also said Fernandez is now "under investigation for the sexual molestation of one of his surviving siblings."

On June 10, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report was filed about possible sexual abuse when the victim told counselors of the abuse.

According to prosecutors, Fernandez later admitted to the act. Prosecutors note the murder suspect's violent history dates back to 2002.

There are reports of Fernandez, "....killing a kitten by punching the animal and repeatedly hitting the kitten's head against the floor."

Prosecutors noted Fernandez has also had a psychological evaluation. The doctor found he was a "high risk" for future violence.

Corey said after the ruling, she understands Moran's decision but still thinks Fernandez should be in adult court, where other juvenile offenders being tried as adults are also being held.

Fernandez will receive counseling at the juvenile center, said public defender Matt Shirk. Both sides agree they want the child to get the help he needs. 










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