Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Adoptees go to grand jury

Brother, sister accused of trying to kill new parents

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HILLSBORO, Ohio — A Highland County grand jury is to decide Thursday whether a 14-year-old girl and her 16-year-old brother should be charged as adults for allegedly trying to kill the great-aunt and great-uncle who adopted them.

        The teens, held on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson, were bound over to a grand jury Friday when Juvenile Judge Kevin Greer relinquished jurisdiction.

        He cited the seriousness of the crime and noted that each child was diagnosed with an “impulse disorder and shows considerable psychological problems.”

        Judge Greer said there was probable cause to believe the teens committed the crime.

        The siblings are being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati because the adult jail in High land County cannot meet state requirements to separate juvenile inmates from the adult population.

        Highland County sheriff's officials said the children, both students at Lynchburg Clay High School, admitted to setting fire July 18 to the double-wide trailer they shared with their adoptive parents, Charles and Gladys Bocook, on Sicily Road, near Sardinia.

        The Bocooks escaped the blaze, but Mrs. Bocook was hospitalized for nearly a week, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

        The teens told detectives they wanted the couple dead so they could live with their birth mother in McArthur, Ohio, police said.

        The children, who drove to their mother's house in the Bocook's car, turned themselves in later July 18 after their mother met with an attorney in an attempt to regain custody, a detective said.


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