When Chelsea McNeill walks into her office, she’s almost at a loss for words.

The 8th Circuit public defender says cases that come across her desk include children shooting children, a 14-year-old charged with attempted murder and gang violence turning deadly. Her office stays busy, she said, and the violence seems to have worsened in recent years.

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