The 18 year old is an adult by law; him being the stepson, we have no idea what went on before his mother remarried. I'm guessing the 8 year old is the 18 year old's half sister. This young man is sick in the head, and got what he deserved. Although i give the father credit for not beating him to near death. The father was in a situation. You do everything you can to protect your child, then the mother bails out the *** who hurt the daughter. I don't care if it's her son, he should have sat in jail with no bail and suffered. Any parent with common sense would have left their son in there. Tough love, maybe, yet in order to protect the younger daughter from more suffering, sacrifices have to be made. Unfortunately, i don't understand the mother's reasoning at all for bailing him out. I do understand the father's hurt and anger.