Boy, 16, Strangles Mother to Death While En-Route to Treatment for Mental Health Problems

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A fatal traffic accident in Phoenix this morning turned out to be something far more sinister. Phoenix police now say that a woman thought to have been killed in the wreck was actually murdered by her 16-year-old son before he got behind the wheel and crashed into a pickup truck.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, Tina Ferlet, her mother, and another 20-year-old woman, drove to California to pick up Ferlet's 16-year-old son, Nathan, so they could get him some help for mental health problems.

About 5:40 a.m. today, a 2010 Ford Focus being driven by Nathan Ferlet crashed into a pickup truck at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road.

Tina Ferlet, who was riding in the passenger seat at the time of the wreck, was declared dead at the scene, while Ferlet, his grandmother, the 20-year-old passenger, and the 46-year-old driver of the pickup truck all received non-life-threatening injuries.

Police initially believed that Tina Ferlet was killed in the wreck, but detectives uncovered information that suggests Nathan Ferlet strangled her to death before stealing the car and crashing into the pickup.

Prior to the wreck, at about 4 a.m., Ferlet's grandmother was driving the car when she stopped at a convenience store near 35th Avenue and Roosevelt Street. She ran into the store and told the attendant to call the cops because someone in her car was being strangled.

Meanwhile, Nathan Ferlet jumped out of the backseat of the car, got behind the wheel, and drove away. However, his grandmother managed to hop back into the vehicle before he sped off.

It's unclear whether Tina Ferlet was dead at this point, but Nathan Ferlet drove the car for another hour and 40 minutes before crashing into the pickup truck -- with his grandmother pleading with him to pull over, and presumably with his dead mother riding shotgun.

Nathan is being detained in the hospital because of injuries sustained in the crash. Police say, when he's released from the hospital, he will be charged with killing his mother. Other charges are expected as well.

According to the PPD, "the investigation is still on-going and there are many unanswered
questions."

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Alliebaby_luvs_eddie
Alliebaby_luvs_eddie

Nathan was an amazing kid. They were taking him to get mental help, there was obviously something wrong with him because of all the drugs he got on when he went to live with his girlfriend in California. And before he started drugs, he was a genius, he was in AP classes and made straight A's. We were really close all through elementary and junior high. He was a sweet kid. Bad influences and wrong choices have led to this.

guest
guest

I wonder if a ban on high capacity handgun magazines would have prevented this tragedy.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

Given the state of our mental health system, this will probably be just a preview of coming attractions.

ferlet
ferlet

please stop judging. this is a mental health issue. nathan is my brother in law. he was a good kid who was kidnapped and brainwashed.

Haleyferlet
Haleyferlet

@interstate love song he was brainwashed, i'm his siter, and i know the whole story, you may not agree, but it's true, he was in a cult, and he had thought that the man giving him acid was reserected jesus, he believed in weird things like teleporting and walking through walls, stuff that made no sense, he also thought the CIA was after him. his 'friend' is crazy and just recently tried to kill her mother too. so... what do you think, my brother just wanted to? i've been in contact with him and no he is ashamed and he feels hated, he loves hearing from people because he doesn't think they like him, half my family all hate him now, i find no reason to hate him, he wasn't himself, he loved my mom more then anything

Syd
Syd

He was brainwashed, by his 'friend.' She's crazy. Nathan used to be a really chill person.

Three
Three

He was a great kid I missed him when he moved away

Interstate Love Song
Interstate Love Song

I would be very interested to hear the whole story, particularly with your assertion that Nathan was brainwashed. This story, as reported, does not suggest any kidnapping to be involved. I will not doubt the possibility of a 16 year old being manipulated by an adult source... Remember Malvo and Mohammad, the D.C. Snipers ?You will agree that its pretty spooky to consider that Nathan drove around the city at an hour when no other traffic is out - and presumably with his mother already deceased by his own doing - sitting shotgun in a subcompact with two adults in the rear seat for more than 95 minutes tends to strain credulity.Unlike so many other freaks of Phoenix, I am not a hater or a passer of judgment... whether someone is fit or not fit to live amongst us is not up to me to say.If what you stated here is true, then I can only offer my empathy to Nathan and condolences to your family for your loss and unwanted notoriety.Steve Tracy

Leoploradonoo9
Leoploradonoo9

This kid I knew he lived in a small town here in Oklahoma and was sent off prob because he hung out with drug heads and got in trouble he was a brilliant kid un like most of us and he was a good kid till he started getting new friends and doing drugs then he and his family moved to Cali about 4 years ago and we always wondered about him and he was a cool kid but now idk he just isn't the same I'm srry for his families loss and god please be with him and his family

Haleyferlet
Haleyferlet

We didn't move to california 4 years ago.. i have always lived here, nathan ran away and went to california, just saying

Interstate Love Song
Interstate Love Song

James King, Insanity has been with us ever since that snake and the naked chick swiped that fruit off of the Fancy Glitter Tree way back when.Pretty tame stuff by today's standards, though.Jared Lee Loughner, along with public masturbaters Teddy Bare and Donnie Calvert, and now a matricidal 16 year old kid from Cali. have raised the disciplines of violence and "fucking crazy" to levels previously not seen.I presume you got the long winded thesis I wrote to you and left with the very capable looking Chicano security dude at the front gate of 1201 two weeks ago.Whatever you may think of some of what I wrote in that paper, it is this type of story that only bolsters what I said. I have a funny feeling that you may be a very busy news writer in the near future. Have "V.V.M." bump up your salary a little. Steve Tracy of Phx ...................................................P.S... In speaking with paramedics at a fatal traffic accident at 19th. Ave. & Greenway Road ( one of the more notoriously dangerous intersections in Phx. ) they told me that 7th. Ave & Buckeye were second only to the intersection of 43rd. Ave. & McDowell Rd. for the worst traffic collisions in the city. I guess this Ferlet kid wanted to add this new cross-street to the bizarre car crash column.

James King
James King

Steve: Just got it Monday. Haven't read it in its entirety yet, but I plan to as soon as I have a minute. I will give you a full critique upon completion. Interstate Love Song is on par with "Teddy Bare" as far as tragic humor goes. Well done.

James King
James King

Thank you, James.I would be interested in your opinion of said thesis, since so many folks go nuts over what I sometimes say.

Big Al
Big Al

sounds like this snot nosed punk kid was hillbilly kinfolk to that penis head Jared Laugner or at least the same DNA gene pool.

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