I could go on for days with thoughts on these topics, because my work is primarily with children. If I had to pick one main problem, it would be the lack of parenting. However, it isn't as simple as "bad" parents. We have so many families in which both parents have to work for there to be food on the table. So many of these folks make one or both of the common and tragic parenting mistakes. They either don't take the time needed, when needed, to teach their children the basics of manners and respect. Or, they try to buy good behavior via "toys." This case sounds on the surface a little strange. So, in all likelihood this child is either chronically mentally ill or there was something very strange occuring behind closed doors. I'm going to stop now.