What a heartbreaking story. Those boys deserve the old "EYE FOR AN EYE" treatment. I dont care how old they are. They knew better! Unless they were homeless from the moment they were born, or had phycopathic parents, they knew better. I WONT even give them the benifit of the doubt of having a mental disorder. They're just sicko's!
And as for Juvi prison being hard time. You're wrong. I went there for running away to many times when I was a kid. We had cable tv, internet, great food, cozy beds and blankets, everything a teenager could want. It wasn't bad at all! It was better than being at home...
The 12 y/o will pretty much get off completely with maybe counsiling and probation. The other 3 will get a little bit more, but not much. Those charges dont even amount to 2 years in juvi! So you think they will get 2 years, that means they'll get out in 6 months! You only have to serve a fourth of your time to quilify for parole!
This is a sad story, and unfortunatly no matter what, there is no happy ending. Those people will never have their baby back, and nothing now can change the way he left the world!