A 7-year-old boy in Maryland faces charges after he allegedly urinated on steaks his neighbor was grilling (video below).
The child was filmed peeing on the victim's grill off the roof of his home on June 6, reports Fox News.
A deputy with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was called in after the neighbor reported destruction of property.
The child was then charged with one count of malicious destruction of property of $1,000.
News of the boy's punishment sparked debated on social media.
"Omg this is what's wrong with our country," commented one person on a YouTube video of the incident. "He's a baby, our people have been brainwashed. This is too much."
"That's not a baby," replied back another. "He knew what he was doing, and that technically counts as poisoning."
"Oh by all mean lets make f***ing excuses for animal behavior," chimed in another reader. "Babies do not do these things , can't wait to see what he does when he's older."
"He and his parents need some punishment," agreed a third. "He obviously knows what he is doing."
It turns out the little boy isn't the youngest in the U.S. to face criminal charges.
Florida authorities say they've arrested children even younger.
"Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more of this," said Florida's Deputy State Attorney Marshall Bower, ABC News reports. "We're tending to want to handle these types of problems through the juvenile justice system, as opposed to getting help for these children and their families through other means."
Surprisingly, some of the children's parents are the ones calling the police.
Mattie Ashley, who was pregnant at the time, sought to teach her 6-year-old son a lesson after he kicked her in the stomach.
"I have to make him realize he can't do this," Ashley, who called the police on her son, said. "I love him dearly, but I refuse to lose him in the system. I'm going to do what it takes to stop him and to let him realize that what he's doing is very serious and he can get into a lot of trouble."
Ultimately Bower did not press charges against the boy because he was deemed too young to have formed "criminal intent."
"I don't think any 6-year-old belongs in the criminal justice system," Bower admitted.
Ashley isn't the only mother who sent their child to jail.
A 7-year-old boy in North Dakota faced criminal theft charges for stealing $6 from his mother.