Girl, 14, charged in mother's homicide should remain in adult jail, not juvenile center

A prosecutor says a Pennsylvania eighth-grader accused of conspiring with her soldier boyfriend to have her mother killed should remain in adult jail while awaiting trial.

Defense attorney John Waldron had filed a petition to have 14-year-old Jamie Silvonek returned to the juvenile facility where she was sent the day after the body of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek was discovered last month.

The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ) reports that Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Friday that he will oppose the petition as well as Waldron's request to move the case to juvenile court.

The teenager is charged as an adult with homicide and criminal conspiracy. Twenty-year-old Caleb Barnes of Fort Meade, Maryland, is charged with homicide.

Cheryl Silvonek's body was found stabbed in a shallow grave about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.


Information from: The Morning Call,