Cheyenne Blanton, 17, wept, but her boyfriend, Joseph Nagle, 16, betrayed no emotion as Judge Ronald Craft declared the teens were not amenable to treatment in Juvenile Court.
Despite vigorous arguments from the teens' lawyers, Craft said, "Quite honestly, I don't see any factors against transfer (to adult court)."The couple, who are parents of an infant together, now will be transferred from the county's Juvenile Detention Center to the county jail.
At the same time, the case will go to a grand jury, which will consider whether to keep or change the current charges: aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, vandalism, kidnapping and felonious assault.
The charges arise from an attack in February against 18-year-old Ashley Clark in her Hanover Township home.
The teen begged her attackers not to hit her in the head, considering that she previously underwent brain surgery to alleviate seizures.
But her attackers struck Clark in the head anyhow and also hit her repeatedly with a baseball bat, breaking several bones in her feet. One foot remains injured and Clark still walks with a limp, said her father, Bobby Clark of Hamilton.
Let's assume that Cheyenne will be 18 and out of prison come the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Will she vote for?
The anti corporate crusader in Ralph Nader?
The messiah, Obamania?
A third Bush term in John McCain?Or is she pro freedom chick who loves Bob Barr, libertarian?