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Juvenile Court briefs

April 22, 2004

Evaluation ordered for boy who took car


A 16-year-old who admitted Wednesday to taking his grandfather's car without permission was ordered to a psychiatric center pending an evaluation.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, first explained to the youth who the people in the courtroom were because the boy indicated he wasn't sure why he was in court.

The boy told Beachley that he was pleading to "Grand Theft Auto," which is a video game.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on Oct. 13 at about 1:50 p.m., the youth was seen pulling out of a driveway in his grandfather's car.

His mother testified that the youth is "not a problem at home as long as he's getting his way."

She said that the boy, who is fine if he's playing video games, is in counseling, but "it just seems that he's out of control."

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After ordering the youth sent to a psychiatric center, Beachley said he would request that an evaluation be performed on the youth and would delay his disposition until that was done.

He ordered that the youth be taken to the center in a secure vehicle after the youth said he'd be fine without security.

"I think secure transport," Beachley said. "I'm getting bad vibes here."

Boy admits theft, probation violation


A 14-year-old who admitted to fishing a rent check out of a drop box and to violating probation was sent Wednesday to a psychiatric center until his disposition.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the boy was caught using a device to fish a rent check out of a drop box at Walnut Towers on Dec. 29. She said the youth violated his probation by testing positive for marijuana and returning home past curfew in February.

"His mom admitted that she and (the youth) can't get along and it's best that they just move on - mind you, this boy is 14," she said.

Flores said the mother doesn't see her drinking as a problem.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, questioned the mother, saying, "You don't want him to drink, but you sit around and drink?"

The mother said that she hasn't imbibed in more than a month, but Flores said the mother admitted less than a month ago to drinking.

"You dropped the ball here," Beachley told the mother. "I'm not gonna yell at you, but it's not too late for you to become a responsible parent."

He ordered that the youth be taken to the psychiatric center after testimony that the boy's depression has gotten worse.

As the mother left the courtroom, a Washington County Sheriff's Department corporal overheard her mutter something, which was passed on to Beachley, who asked, "Is that true that the last parent walked out and said 'I think I need a drink'?"

After it was confirmed, Beachley told Flores to make note of it for the boy's file.

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