If this campaign does not reach $3,600 by Nov 3rd, at 8:54 p.m. PDT, no credit cards will be charged.
We are putting up a billboard in Jacksonville, FL in support of Cristian Fernandez. Our billboard will be seen my millions, command media attention/coverage, and help reverse the decision to try Cristian as an adult, subjecting him to a sentence of life in an adult prison.
“Cristian Fernandez is only 12 years old. Cristian hasn't had an easy life. He's the same age now as his mother was when he was born. He's a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In 2010, Cristian watched his stepfather commit suicide to avoid being charged with abusing Cristian.
Last January, Cristian was wrestling with his 2-year-old brother, David, and accidentally broke David's leg. Despite this, their mother left Cristian with his brother again in March. While the two boys were alone, Cristian allegedly pushed his brother against a bookcase, and David sustained a head injury. After their mother returned home, she waited six hours before taking David to the hospital. David eventually died.
Now Cristian is being charged with first degree murder -- as an adult. He's the youngest person in the history of his Florida county to receive this charge. As part of his prosecution, Cristian has been examined by two different forensic psychiatrists -- each of whom concluded that he was "emotionally underdeveloped but essentially reformable despite a tough life."
If Cristian is sent to adult prison, it will be more than a tragedy for him -- it will also be a signal that kids' lives are acceptable collateral in the quest to be seen as "tough on crime."
This campaign has been tagged Cristian Fernandez.