Teen Girl Accused of Killing Abusive Father Flooded with Letters of Support
By Melissa Jeltsen
A lawyer for Bresha Meadows, the Ohio teenager who is accused of killing her allegedly abusive father, said letters of support are pouring into his office.
“People are sharing their own similar experiences [with domestic abuse] and telling her to keep her head high,” said Ian Friedman, a Cleveland-based defense attorney. “This tragedy has brought out the best in so many people literally across the globe. Their hearts go out to this young girl.”
Professionals in both mental health and criminal justice have offered their time to him, Friedman said, should additional resources be needed.
On July 28, Bresha, then 14, fatally shot her father, 41-year-old Jonathan Meadows, according to police. She has been charged with aggravated murder and has pleaded “not true,” which is equivalent to a not-guilty plea.
Her mother called Bresha a “hero” after the fatal incident. Brandi Meadows said she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. In a protective order filed in 2011, she wrote that she was “100 percent sure” he would kill her and her children if he found them. The couple later reconciled.
Bresha has been held at the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center since the night of her arrest. She turned 15 behind bars.
Her mother was allowed to visit her the night before. “It is tearing me up, it’s horrible,” Brandi Meadows said about seeing her daughter incarcerated on her birthday. “I have been crying all day.”
All Bresha wants for her birthday, her mother said, is to go home.
A GoFundMe page has raised over $28,000 to support the teen and her family.