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Washington County juvenile court briefs

October 03, 2007

Teen admits stabbing father of her child

A 14-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to a second-degree assault charge stemming from a June 2007 incident. The girl stabbed the father of her child in the calf with a steak knife during an argument, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

The incident happened at a home in Hagerstown when the father went to visit the child. During an argument, the girl swung at the victim, he pushed her to the ground and violence escalated until she stabbed him, Kessell said.

The Hagerstown Police Department was called to Waynesboro Hospital in Pennsylvania, where the victim was being treated, to investigate.

A few days after the incident, the girl told police she had blacked out and didn't remember stabbing the victim, Kessell said.

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The victim was not very cooperative with authorities during the investigation, Kessell said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

The judge ordered a predisposition investigation to find out more about the girl and her family, he said.

Boy, 16, admits pot possession, assault

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to marijuana possession and second-degree assault. Additional drug charges were placed on the inactive docket.

In September, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a vehicle in which the boy was a passenger for a speeding violation.

Suspected marijuana was found in a bag in the area of the vehicle where the boy had been sitting, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

The substance later was confirmed to be marijuana.

The assault charge stemmed from a July incident in which the boy and another juvenile went to someone's home to fight someone, Kessell said. The victim was hit in the face and back of the head, and was treated for a broken arm, Kessell said.

Department of Juvenile Services officials and the boy's defense attorney, Ben Thompson, agreed to delay disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

Several alcohol citations have been filed, and the boy faces drug possession charges in West Virginia, Kessell said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered the boy held in detention pending the disposition.

Teen admits violating probation

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to a violation of probation.

The violation involved the theft of a minibike, which was not prosecuted because the boy wrote an apology to the victim.

A Department of Juvenile Services official said the boy had been doing "outstanding" on probation.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered the boy to continue on probation, to obtain his GED, seek employment, abstain from drugs and alcohol, and complete a victim awareness program.

Girl, 15, admits pot possession

A 15-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to marijuana possession.

The girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her older brother that was stopped in July for a traffic violation.

A bag containing suspected marijuana, later confirmed to be the drug, was found in the car, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

The girl had no prior record.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley placed the girl on indefinite probation.

? Erin Julius

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