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Pennsylvania Girl Accused of Killing her Father Remains in Residential Treatment

A 14-year-old girl Allegheny County girl charged in the shotgun killing of her father remains in a residential treatment center and is rebounding from her abusive past.

Defense attorney Patrick Nightingale offered that assessment after his client had a dependency review hearing in juvenile court today.

About the Case

The girl was 13 when she shot Matthew Booth Sr. in the face on July 30 and was initially charged as an adult. Prosecutors moved the case to juvenile court in August after reviewing the squalid conditions in which she lived. Nightingale says the girl shot her father only to end years of sexual abuse.

The girl faces a Feb. 6 delinquency hearing, which is the juvenile court equivalent of a criminal trial.

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