State's Attorney Michael Nerheim told the Chicago Tribune he will be looking at the girl's age, the circumstances of the murder, public safety and the mental health and criminal history of the girl over the next several week before making his recommendation.
If she was found guilty of first-degree murder as a juvenile, she could serve as little as seven years in juvenile detention but if charged and convicted as an adult, she could face between 20 to 60 years in prison, according to the Daily Herald.
Children ages 15 years old or above are automatically charged as adults in Illinois for murder but since the girl is under the age of 15, the top prosecutor can decide whether or not the girl should be tried as an adult, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Daily Herald reports another big difference between juvenile and adult courts is that while adult criminal records are made public, juvenile records are not.
The 14-year-old Mundelein girl is accused of stabbing her half-sister, Dora Betancourt, a fifth-grade student at St. John's Lutheran School in Libertyville, over 30 times following an argument in their home on Woodhaven Court in Mundelein the morning of Jan. 21, according to an earlier Daily Herald article.
Police said the argument stemmed from the older sibling believing Betancourt did not appreciate all she did for her, according to CNN.
Funeral Services This Week for Dora
A funeral service for Dora Betancourt will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 W. Park Ave. in Libertyville.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 West Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Rt. 45 on Rt. 176) Mundelein, and two hours prior to services on Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church.
'Mundelein Moms' Raise Funds for Funeral Costs
As of Monday evening, nearly $19,000 has been raised by a group, which is referring to itself as "Mundelein Moms," to help cover the funeral costs for Betancourt's family, according to the GoFundMe.com fund-raising page.
"We are all very sorry for the family's loss and keep them in our prayers," according to the GoFundMe Web page. "As part of an incredible community of Mundelein Mom's we would like to come together and help support funeral expenses."
Katie Henning, a mother of four who developed the fundraising idea, said their community is embracing a "camaraderie of compassion as a result of this tragedy," according to the Chicago Tribune.
Any funds raised above the costs of the funeral will be donated to Betancourt's family.