To be sure, these are brutal allegations. But let’s be clear about one thing: Even if he is charged as an adult, Kurilla is not an adult. He is a ten-year-old child….
When a child is charged as an adult, the state is engaging in a legal fiction — that commission of a criminal act somehow transforms the actor. With a swish of a legal wand, a child becomes an adult who can be punished as if he were an adult.
Except, of course, in reality. In reality, a child remains a child, no matter what the law says.