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Judge releases teenager for holiday visit

November 27, 1996

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell is allowing a 14-year-old runaway to spend seven hours with his family today.

The visit will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The boy was to be held at the Washington County Juvenile Holdover facility until the time of the visit, and then returned there afterward, McDowell said Wednesday.

"I want to see some of my family that only comes for the holiday," the boy told the judge.

"I'm doing this with some trepidation," McDowell said of the visit. He warned the parents that the boy must be in their sight the entire seven hours.

The youth will to be sent to the Woodbourne residential treatment center in Baltimore in a few days, McDowell said.

The boy ran away from the Guide's Shelter in Baltimore County on Oct. 4, said Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

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The boy's attorney, Michael Morrissette pointed out to McDowell that every other time the boy ran away, he would come home.

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