Three teenage boys, including one with a six-month-old warrant, were arrested over the weekend, prompting hearings in Highland County Juvenile Court on Tuesday to determine if they were to remain in detention.
One of them, now an 18-year-old, was arrested on a warrant issued in April when he failed to appear for a scheduled hearing. The pending charges include third-degree felony theft of guns, fourth-degree felony safecracking, and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering, according to judge Kevin Greer.
The teen’s mother on Tuesday said she had “grave concerns” for her son “because he is a heroin addict.” She said he recently came to her seeking help.
For now, and until resolution in the case, Greer said the defendant would remain at the county jail. He said his decision was based on the teen being “at-large” since April, the seriousness of the charges, and the teen’s criminal history that the judge said included theft, breaking and entering, and criminal trespass charges.
He is set to come back before the court later in October.
In other hearings, a 13-year-old and 14-year-old were ordered to remain in detention until further hearings on their cases.
The teens were arrested Sunday following reports of property destruction. As of Tuesday, charges had not been filed with the court, but are expected.
The 14-year-old also has pending cases with the court that involve charges of theft and felony breaking and entering.
Both teens are set to return to the courtroom next week.
In other hearings, legal custody of a 10-year-old and 13-year-old has been awarded to a relative of the children.
The children were first removed from their home earlier this year due to alleged drug use therein. They have been in the temporary custody of Children Services since that time.
In related cases, two 14-year-old boys admitted to misdemeanor assault and were ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Greer said in one of the boy’s hearings it was his understanding that another boy had been making derogatory remarks to the boys and they had “finally had enough” and began “striking” the other boy.
The boy said that was true, and added that the other boy had made the insulting remarks “multiple times.”
“I’d had enough of it,” he said.
When the judge asked him if he would handle things differently if he was given the chance, the boy said he would likely not have taken matters into his own hands by assaulting the boy making the hurtful comments.
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