A 13-year-old admitted to his second probation violation in recent months and has been ordered to a Troy detention facility for 90 days.
The teenager in November was placed on indefinite community control and given a suspended commitment to the Department of Youth Services (DYS), which is the prison system for youth, after he admitted to an assault charge and a felony burglary charge.
On Friday in Highland County Juvenile Court the teenager admitted to violating his probation, his second time since November, by being suspended from school three times since being released from detention in late January.
According to judge Kevin Greer, there has also been a recommendation for expulsion from the school.
Assistant prosecutor Molly Bolek recommended the stint at the Troy facility, and also recommended that the commitment to DYS remain suspended for now.
Greer followed the recommendation of the state and committed the teenager to 90 days at the “no nonsense” facility in Troy. He told the 13-year-old that he would go to DYS should his behavior continue. “We are running out of options,” the judge said.
In other hearings, a 12-year-old girl has been placed on indefinite community control and has a suspended commitment to detention following her admission to felony burglary and to criminal trespass.
In early February, the preteen was taken into custody along with her 13-year-old codefendant, who still has multiple cases pending in the juvenile court.
A 14-year-old male was found to have committed misdemeanor sexual imposition after the court heard evidence on Friday. He is set to come back to the juvenile court for disposition on the matter, and on whether he will have to register as a juvenile sex offender.
A 15-year-old female admitted to violating her probation by failing a drug test. She was ordered to serve time in detention until Sunday. The balance of the 30-day-commitment ordered will be suspended and remain suspended so long as the girl obeys the law and the orders of the court.
Disorderly conduct has earned a 13-year-old male community service and a suspended commitment to detention. He is also on non-reporting probation.
A 15-year-old female also has a suspended commitment to detention after she admitted to misdemeanor assault. A no contact order was also imposed.
Twenty hours of community service was ordered to be completed for a 16-year-old female who admitted to misdemeanor theft. She is also to stay away from the establishment from which she admitted to stealing from.
A case involving three children between the ages of 8 and 12 has seen custody of the children go back to their mother after nearly a year of them being in the custody of Highland County Children Services. According to the complaint, the parents’ involvement in drug activity is what spurred the initial removal of the children last April.
An infant removed from its mother earlier this week after the mother was arrested in the courthouse on an outstanding warrant has been placed in the temporary custody of Children Services.
According to Bolek on Friday the agency made efforts to secure the child in a safety plan, but that did not work out.
Greer said in the hearing that based on the testimony of a Children Services representative that the child’s mother allegedly used morphine during her pregnancy and has tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamines, it was the court’s opinion that it was in the best interests of the child to remain in the temporary custody of the agency at this time.
A pretrial hearing was set for next month.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.
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