Arrest report says 14 year old murder suspect wanted help with anger
Relatives of 14-year-old Arteesha Holt, charged as an adult with fatally shooting a man in Southeast Baltimore, told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that the girl had a violent, uncontrollable temper and that they had sought help to no avail. Mother Raichelle Johnson said she was told that her daughter would have to commit crimes, or Johnson would have to terminate her parental rights in order to get the help that Holt needed.
Johnson encouraged me to fact-check her claims, though juvenile and social services records are sealed. But a charging document from one of Holt's earlier arrests helps support her story. Police who were called to Booker T. Washington Middle School encountered Holt, who refused to calm down and screamed expletives. Afterward, both the girl and her mother said she needed help, according to the Investigative Voice:
"The officer spoke to Artesia’s [sic] parent Mrs. Micelle [sic] Johnson who stated that her daughter needs some help from the juvenile justice system, to help with her behavior that’s out of control. I also spoke it suspect Artisan [sic] Holt who informed me that she feels as though she need some help in reference to her attitude [and] that she feels that she can’t really control."