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Experts Weigh in on Henderson Teen Accused of Killing Family

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LAS VEGAS -- The search for a Henderson teen accused of murder is over as 16-year-old Adrian Navarro-Canales is now in juvenile detention facing charges stemming from the stabbing deaths of his mother and younger brother.

Behind bars and accused of murder, Navarro-Canales is now charged as an adult.

For reasons still unclear, Henderson Police said the 16-year-old took a knife and stabbed his mother repeatedly inside their apartment last week.

40-year-old Elvira Canales-Gomez was found with several stab wounds and a large knife stuck in the center of her chest. Adrian's brother 9-year-old Cesar suffered a single stab wound.

Dr. Patrick Scott is a licensed psychotherapist and said generally there are several factors that can push someone to extreme limits.

"What provokes somebody to just snap? Stabbing is a very intimate killing," Scott said. "It's a crime of passion, much more intimate than say a bombing or a shooting." This is clearly a crime of passion, anger is the logical, negative emotion that may have surfaced, but certainly fear."

Court documents show family members were aware of a violent history with Adrian and said he would punch or push is mom when she tried to confront him.

Doctor Steven Sinert is an expert in anger management and said teens are susceptible to anger because emotions are high and they lack the skills to cope with big changes.

"The anger reaction is a behavioral characteristic learned early on in childhood and it's an aggressive behavior," Sinert said.

While the exact chain of events that went on in the residence is a mystery, a family is grieving and one of their own is now locked up.

Navarro-Canales is in a special section of the Clark County Detention Center and it's unclear at this point when he will go before a judge for the first time.

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