A 13-year-old who first appeared in the Highland County Juvenile Court nearly a year ago this week was ordered to serve at least a year in Ohio’s prison system for youth after he repeatedly violated his probation.
The teenager was first placed on community control last November after he admitted to second-degree felony burglary and a misdemeanor assault charge. At that time he was given a suspended commitment to the Department of Youth Services (DYS), which is the prison system for youth. He was also placed on community control.
In December 2015, he was placed in detention for a time after he admitted to violating his probation. In March of this year he was placed in a facility in Troy after more probation violations. More violations this month meant that his suspended commitment to DYS was no longer suspended.
He was ordered to serve no less than one year at DYS. After that period of time it is up to DYS to determine when the teenager will be released. The maximum time that he can serve at DYS is up until he turns 21 years old.
In other hearings, temporary custody of a 3-year-old was placed with Children Services for a year following the toddler’s mother continuing to test positive for drugs since concerns of drug use began earlier this year.
According to assistant prosecutor Molly Bolek, the child has been out of the mother’s care since those initial concerns of drug use arose in May. Since that time, the mother has been working a case plan through Children Services to address the drug use, but she has continued to test positive. The mother did not appear for the hearing on Thursday that saw the custody of her child go the county.
An 11-year-old male this week admitted to disorderly conduct. He was ordered to perform community service and to compose a letter of apology to the victim.
A 16-year-old admitted to being unruly. He has a suspended commitment to detention and was placed on community control for an indefinite period of time.
Temporary custody of a 17-year-old was placed by emergency order this week with Children Services. According to Bolek, the circumstances with the needs of the teenager were such “as to warrant the involvement of the state” and it was in the teenager’s best interest at this time to be placed with the agency.
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