14-year-old accused of killing father, family says girl is ‘hero who saved them all’

WARREN, Ohio– A 14-year-old girl is behind bars, facing aggravated murder charges for killing her father, but her family says she did it to protect her mother and her family.

“She is my hero; I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped me,” said Brandi Meadows, mother of Bresha Meadows, who is currently being held in the Trumbull County Family Court on a charge of murdering her 41-year-old father, Jonathan Meadows.

With tears flowing down her face, Brandi Meadows told the Fox 8 I-Team that her husband abused her for years but she was afraid to leave.

She had filed for a protective order five years ago but later dismissed it.

“I am so sorry she had to go through this,” Brandi said Thursday. “She is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life.”

Bresha Meadows is accused of shooting her father in their Warren home during the early morning hours of July 28. Her mother called 911 right after the shooting took place.

The girl’s attorney, Ian Friedman, said Bresha is a child that faced years of abuse at the hands of her father, and she witnessed her mother being abused.

“She wanted to protect her Mom,” Friedman said.

Bresha allegedly used her father’s gun to shoot him. Family members say the father often threatened them with that very gun.

“Using that gun around the house, to intimidate, everyone in the home was terrified,” Friedman said.

There’s a link to the gofundme at the article. Please help this girl if you can. 


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Brr. It's cold here. Join Team Husbands and me in supporting homeless youth in Utah

In 2012, Husbands The Series–Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, and Sean Hemeon–came to Salt Lake City to support the Homeless Youth Resource Center and raise awareness about the challenges facing queer youth in Utah. (Homeless youth are disproportionately LGBTQ everywhere, but it’s worse here. Here’s a link to help). 

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We never got to see Brady and Cheeks’ honeymoon, so they’re head to Salt Lake City for a good cause (Backlot)

Team Husbands at the Homeless Youth Resource Center, Salt Lake City

It was a great event. We screened the show and hosted an open discussion with representatives from local community and nationwide support organizations. We heard about a failed attempt to exorcize Brad’s gay demons. I heard from many young people that Husbands was the first time they’d ever seen a positive image of a gay couple. Yes, representation matters.

Representation isn’t the only thing that matters, though. Right now, it’s COLD here in the Mountain West. Right now, as “the greatest snow on earth” is piling up around us, Park City is gearing up for Sundance, and the holidays are coming on, the Homeless Youth Resource Center is looking for help filling holiday backpacks and handing out sleeping bags and tents. The center isn’t a shelter. It’s just a storefront. These kids sleep outside. Some live under bridges. Some live in camps in the hills. Sometimes the kids donate their own money to get motel rooms for the homeless kids who have kids of their own. Here’s how to help them.

Salt Lake Tribune article 12/8/12

They look so cold and it was only November. Help us help kids keep warm!

A lot has happened since then. Brad, Jane and I went to Albuquerque for the SWTXPCA to talk about Husbands in the classroom. Their show got picked up by CWseed (watch Husbands on CWseed) and we got more episodes. Brad wrote an essay called #BradamForever for my book, Fic. Brad and Jane just got nominated for 2 Writers Guild of America awards. It’s been awesome. But we haven’t forgotten that it’s still cold here in Utah.