It's not exactly “Romeo and Juliet.”
A 14-year-old girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend are facing charges in Douglas County Juvenile Court over a futile attempt to kill the mother who forbade their relationship.
Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle said prosecutors have filed an attempted murder charge against each teen — though that charge doesn't carry as grave a consequence in juvenile court as it does in adult court.
Beadle said the charge was filed so authorities could get a handle on each teen's household. In reality, each teen likely will face probation, placement in a group home or, at most, commitment to the youth detention centers in Kearney or Geneva.
The middle-aged woman was not seriously injured and has been less than cooperative with authorities, Beadle said.
Beadle gave this account:
This fall, the daughter began dating a fellow student at Omaha Bryan High School. Her mother confronted her and told her she was not to date the boy.
The girl and the boy continued to see each other — and continued to seethe over Mom's disapproval. For a couple of weeks, they discussed ways they could get rid of her.
On Oct. 14, they lay in wait at her Omaha home. When the mother got home from work, the boyfriend pounced.
He jumped on the mother's back, only to have the woman bite his finger. The girl then tried to hit her mother with a frying pan.
The mother fended off both her daughter and the boyfriend. However, Mom didn't call police.
Days later, the boyfriend told another student about the attack and the couple's desire to get rid of the woman. The student relayed the story to an Omaha police officer who serves an area high school. That police officer filed a report.
When police interviewed her, the mother wasn't interested in pursuing a prosecution and “wasn't the most cooperative” with investigators, Beadle said.
Beadle said the attack, though futile, alerted authorities to underlying concerns. The girl also has a case in Sarpy County Juvenile Court for assaulting a Bellevue police officer near 47th Street and Giles Road earlier this year.
The October attack “was serious enough that it warrants both an investigation and juvenile court oversight,” Beadle said. “These kids obviously need some intervention.”
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated which school the boyfriend and girlfriend attended. They were students at Bryan High School.