A mental health expert testified Friday that one of the two youths who dropped 5-year-old Eric Morse to his death from a 14th-floor window in 1994 is amenable to treatment and should be sent to a locked residential treatment facility, rather than youth prison.
John Murray, a psychologist for Cook County Juvenile Court, said the boy--now 13 years old--suffers from a severe conduct disorder and is prone to impulsive and sometimes violent behavior. But he said the youth has improved significantly in the past year and needs intensive treatment to lead a normal life. "There is a strong likelihood that he can be successfully treated," Murray told the court.
Murray testified on the fifth day of a hearing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kelly to determine whether the two youths should be sent to a youth prison or a residential treatment center.
Testimony is expected to end Monday.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times