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Calls to free girl, 15, who 'shot dead abusive father'

Bresha Meadows, 15, allegedly shot dead her father Credit: Facebook

A campaign is under way to free a teenage girl charged with the killing of her "abusive" father.

Bresha Meadows, 15, faces trial for allegedly shooting dead Jonathan Meadows, 41, with his own shotgun when she was 14-years-old. She has been charged with delinquency by reason of aggravated murder.

But the teenager's lawyer claims his client's father spent years terrorising his daughter, Bresha's mother and two siblings.

Now campaigners are arguing for the charges against the teenager to be dropped. In prison, they say, a girl who acted out of self-defence would face further persecution and trauma.

A petition called “Free Bresha Meadows” has gathered close to 1,000 signatures.

And a GoFundMe page has also raised more than £28,000 to support Bresha and her family.

Also supporting Meadows is her mother, who described her daughter as a "hero".

"She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life,” she told Fox News.

Brandi Meadows said that her daughter was suffering low grades at school and was feeling increasing despair under her father’s control.

She also told the Huffington Post that she herself was severely physically abused by her husband.

But Jonathan Meadows's sister said that her brother was a good father who loved his family, and he had been persecuted for one instance of abuse that took place “years ago”.