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Teen charged in connection with shooting to be held in secure detention

February 07, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A teenager scheduled to be in Washington County Juvenile Court next week for her involvement in the accidental shooting of a toddler was before a judge Monday for violating her community detention.

Fantaisa Rivera, 17, of Hagerstown, originally was charged as an adult in the Sept. 27 shooting of 2-year-old Mario Longus. On Jan. 19, Washington County Judge Donald E. Beachley transferred her case to juvenile court, restricting her to her mother’s residence until her case was adjudicated.

Steven Nelson of the Department of Juvenile Services on Monday told Beachley that Rivera left her mother’s house without permission Jan. 30, and a warrant for her apprehension was issued the next day.

“I think she was having difficulties dealing with her mother’s significant other,” her attorney, Bernard W. Semler II, told Beachley.

The judge ordered that she be held in secure detention until her case is heard Feb. 16.

Rivera was charged with obstructing police, false statements to police, possession of a firearm by a minor, theft of less than $1,000 and illegal possession of a handgun in the shooting. Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe the boy found the stolen handgun under a bed in his family’s Little Elliott Drive apartment and shot himself.

Police allege Rivera took the handgun from the apartment after the shooting, hid it in a playground and then lied to police, charging documents said.

Her boyfriend and the older brother of Mario Longus, 17-year-old Marcus Longus, also was charged as an adult in the case, court records said. He is scheduled for a possible transfer hearing, or a suppression hearing Feb. 14, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said.

Mario Longus was critically injured in the shooting and later transferred to a rehabilitation facility, Wilson previously said.

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