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A Boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad has blamed the hit TV show "Criminal Minds" for his actions.
The young boy has explained how he saw an episode of "Criminal Minds" where a young boy killed his abusive father, but did not get into any trouble. He has said this episode inspired his actions, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The 10 year old went on to kill his father, and is now facing charges, although he will be tried as a juvenile due to his age.
Police have not released his name, also due to his young age.
Officials in the case have also revealed that the young boy's sister initially tried to cover for her brother, telling investigators that their step mother had told her brother to kill him. However, she later changed her story and admitted she had not been truthful from the start.
The young boy has also informed investigators of his motive for killing his father. He has said that he committed the crime so that he could bring a stop to the abuse he was handing out in the home.
Police have confirmed that the 10 year old boy will now undergo a mental health evaluation to determine whether there are any underlying factors with the child. Investigators are keen to determine whether his mental state would have allowed him to know what he was doing when he shot and killed his father, and whether he would even have understood the consequences of his actions.
Criminal Minds is an American police procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia.
The BAU is part of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.
The show has become very popular and has a cult following; it differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on profiling the criminal, rather than the crime itself.
On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed Criminal Minds for an eighth season, which premiered on September 26, 2012.
Here is a video of "Criminal Minds" Season 7 opening credits: