According to Chapter 2 Concepts of Law and Justice, Chapter 3 Defining and Measuring Crime & Chapter 4 Explanations of Criminal Behavior and the observations we have reviewed in the chapters, in researching the Lionel Tate Case (2001) answer the following questions: (The Summaries must be completed in Times New Roman font 11pt double spaced; please cite utilizing MLA structure.) Submission deadline: March 18, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
Photos of people involved:
1. Victim: Tiffany Eunice
Tiffany Eunick Beautiful 6-year-old Tiffany was murdered in Florida in 1999 by a 12 year old “friend” and playmate Lionel Tate who was more than three times her size and weight. He beat and threw her to the ground, and murdered her
2. Subject: Lionel Tate
Lionel Alexander Tate (born January 30, 1987) is the youngest American citizen ever sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In January 2001, when Tate was 13, he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1999 battering death of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick in Broward County, Florida.
Summary of Events:
In 2001, a then 14-year-old Lionel Tate was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick that had occurred two years prior. He was the youngest person in the United States to ever be given that sentence.
It all started on July 28th, 1999, in Pembroke Park, Florida, when Lionel’s mother, Kathleen, was asked to watch 6-year-old Tiffany for the evening. Lionel Tate was only 12 years old at the time.
After dinner, the children were watching TV, and Kathleen decided to go upstairs for the evening.
She yelled downstairs for them to quiet down at about 10 pm, but did not check on them at that time. It was around 40 minutes later, at approximately 10:40 pm when Lionel Tate went upstairs to get his mother and told her that little Tiffany Eunick was not breathing.
170 lb. Lionel Tate claims he was simply wrestling with 48 lb. Tiffany before she stopped
breathing. He told his mother he had her in a headlock when she smashed her head on the side of a table. He then described her as rolling around on the floor, crying, acting like a baby, and urinating in her pants. He decided to go back to watching TV. When Lionel finally went to get his mother to tell her that the little girl was not breathing, her broken little body was already cold.
A third of his size, Tiffany would have been no match for Lionel, play-fighting or not. The
question is, was Lionel simply a violent child that had attacked the little girl, or was he just a kid who had tried to imitate the wrestling moves he saw on TV, without realizing how dangerous?
they were? Some experts say no, there is absolutely no way that this was simply a kid imitating some wrestling moves. This was an absolutely brutal beating, one that left poor Tiffany with 35 injuries. Tiffany had a cracked skull, a broken rib, a lacerated liver, hemorrhaged kidneys,
bleeding in her brain, and dozens of bruises on her little body. This was a brutal beating that
lasted for approximately five minutes and was equal in force to a fall from a 3-story building, a
child abuse expert would later testify.
Why did this happen? Was this preventable? Were there warning signs? Lionel Tate had a
previous history of trouble. Described as an intelligent boy of average IQ with street smarts, this was not the first time that Lionel had shown a problem with violence. Before the murder, he had been suspended from school 15 times. He had also exhibited other behavioral issues, including stealing, lying, and fighting.
Please answer the below-listed questions
a) Should he have been charged?
b) Does part of the blame then falls on his mother for ignoring her son’s previous
behavior, and leaving him alone with a 6-year-old child? Should his parents have
been charged? If Yes, what would the charges be?
c) Does the victim’s parent have accountability in this case?
a) Was his sentencing fair?
b) Was it too strict based on his mental capacity?
3. Additional Materials
Please review the videos below and prepare a two-page summary incorporating the questions above.