The case of the Maryville, Missouri, teens who were allegedly involved in the rape of two young girls has taken a surprising turn, as a prosecutor has elected to drop all felony charges against the three boys. The incident has sparked violent outrage in the community, but the target might not be immediately obvious. Instead of railing against the boys accused of the rape, many in Maryville are scrutinizing the alleged victims.
Defendants who remove a child from the care of a custodial parent may feel their reasons for doing so outweigh the impersonal limits of the law. Taking a child, even with good intent, is a felony.