What’s Next for 12-year-old Stabbing Suspect?

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – As things start to settle down at Lookout Valley Middle High School, many people are wondering what’s next for the 12-year-old girl who reportedly stabbed a 13-year-old boy twice.

Well, because she’s a juvenile that information could not be released to us.

However, the juvenile courts could comment on standard procedure, like once a juvenile is brought in a detention hearing is usually set within three days.

Sam Mairs, the Juvenile Court Administrator in Hamilton County, says, "At that time the magistrate and or judge will decide whether they’ll be held, released on house arrest or bond."

Whether they’re released depends on a few factors.

Mairs adds, "It just depends on their history, what they’ve done, what resources they have available to them, family members so forth."

Officials tell us the district attorney can also file a transfer hearing to get the juvenile tried as an adult, regardless of age.

Mairs says, "If I’m not mistaken, you can file a transfer hearing on any charge or any offense."

But if the child stays in the juvenile justice system and is found guilty, he or she could be sent to a special type of jail like Mountain View near Knoxville until the age of 19.

Mairs adds, "They will see therapists. They will have anger management classes and A and D classes."

Children can also maintain their education there.

Those in the juvenile justice system say their main focus is rehabilitation.

The stabbing suspect has been charged with attempted criminal homicide and carrying a weapon on school property.

Right now, there’s no word on if the district attorney would like her tried as an adult.

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