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Judge orders girl, 12, into shelter care

May 06, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 12-year-old girl who admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to punching and spitting at another girl was ordered into shelter care pending placement in a community residential center.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said that on Feb. 5 at about 2 p.m., a Hagerstown Police Department officer responded to Antietam Academy and found the 12-year-old girl being restrained by a school staff member. The officer discovered that the girl, although not provoked, had spit at and punched several times another girl at the school.

The girl admitted to violating probation by failing to go to school and by not cooperating with a program ordered for her.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the girl, "I'm not gonna scream at you or yell at you, but your behavior justifies you being sent away from home."

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