<blockquote><b>Quoting bia.:</b>" Really? I thought the US was very hard on things like this, in my country you can kill someone and get 15-20 years, the same as if you kill a child, it's such a sad thing."</blockquote>
Sometimes they are. Sometimes the parents make a plea deal. And sometimes the prosecution just drops the ball. I worked at a law firm that defended these types of people for awhile. I had one case that actually made me vomit. I quit the next day.