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Psych exam ordered for 11-year-old facing multiple charges
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A psychiatric exam has been ordered for an 11-year-old, who stands accused of trying to kidnap a 6-year-old boy.
During a hearing on Thursday in Ottawa County, a judge also authorized charges of attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault.
The 11-year-old will be held in juvenile detention until exam results are in.
The boy's parents say that as painful as this is, it needs to be done.
An 11-year-old in shackles is a strange sight, but his mother told Newschannel 3 that she knows they're to protect him.
She says her son is the product of an inadequate mental health system.
"(He's) been through every program, every center, every place because I've been a mom saying there's something wrong with my son," she said.
The mother told Newschannel 3 that her son's own siblings--including his twin brother--are afraid of him, which was part of the reason that he moved to Jenison with his father earlier this year.
"There's a point where parents can't do anymore," she said.
But many who lived near the 11-year-old's father--who was in court this morning--have said that the family lets the child roam the streets, even at night, with no supervision.
The stepmother of the 6-year-old says the boy screamed obscenities at her last week when she went to talk to his parents.
Still, both his mother and father say they've done everything they can.
"One day my son was gone and there was the (boy) that we have now," the mother said.
She also told us Thursday that she hopes the charges against her son can be resolved without going to trial.
Ottawa County says the boy will remain in custody at least until his psych evaluation is complete.