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Juvenile court briefs

April 05, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Girl admits to assaulting mother

A 16-year-old girl admitted to second-degree assault Wednesday morning in Washington County Circuit Court. The girl, who is not enrolled in school but completed ninth grade, assaulted her mother in January, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The girl, who bit her mother and threatened her with a kitchen knife, described her relationship with her mother as an ongoing power struggle, Flores said.

Assistant Public Defender Michael Wilson said the girl meant to threaten to kill herself, not her mother, with the kitchen knife.

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The girl's mother said the girl has a problem with discipline, but she wanted her to come home.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the girl to be placed on community detention pending the disposition, the juvenile equivalent of a trial, later this month.




Boy admits to stealing drinks

A 16-year-old Washington, D.C., boy admitted to misdemeanor theft Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. The boy took two Sierra Mist drinks and one Lipton Brisk drink from Byers Stop-N-Go on North Burhans Boulevard, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, sitting in juvenile court, placed the boy on unsupervised probation. Long ordered that the boy be supervised by his mother when he is in the Hagerstown area.

"It's not good for him to be here," Long said. "Make sure he doesn't come back up here."




Judge says boy did not pull gun



A 16-year-old was found Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court not to have been involved in a first-degree assault, handgun possession and several second-degree assaults in January 2007.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long sat in juvenile court for the adjudicatory hearing, the juvenile equivalent of a trial.

The incident occurred when family members of the boy's former girlfriend went to the boy's house looking for the girl after she ran away from home, witnesses testified in court.

Some witnesses for the state testified that the boy pulled a gun during a dispute with the girl's father and stepfather. Defense witnesses said the boy was holding a cell phone and did not have a gun.

Long said no actual touching or hitting took place during the incident and he couldn't find beyond a reasonable doubt that the boy threatened the family with a handgun.

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