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Boy accused of trying to kidnap 6-year-old to stay in juvenile detention
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The 11-year-old boy accused of trying to kidnap and assault a six-year-old boy will stay in Ottawa County Juvenile Detention pending a psychological evaluation and pretrial conference hearing.
As difficult as the ordeal has been for the 11-year-old's family, his parents feel this decision may be best.
"As much as we want to bring our son home, his best place is here," Kathleen, his mom, told us.
She says he's suffered from behavior issues his whole life but he never got the help he needed.
"I knew one day this would be an outcome for him, but at least I know it's not from the lack of our trying. It's from the mental health system that failed (my son)," she said.
Dressed in an oversized sweater, the young boy faced the judge in handcuffs and shackles.
"That image right there will stay with me forever," said Paul, his grandfather.
"Something you just sort of wish you could make up, and it was just a nightmare," Kathleen said of seeing her son like that.
"He does present a risk to the neighborhood as a result of his behavior and the possibility it could happen again," said Judge Mark Feyen.
Kathleen has three other children she says don't feel safe with their own brother.
"We've been stone-walled. (My son) has been through every program, every center, every place because I've been a mom saying there's something wrong with my son," she said.
"I do believe the intentions were never for him to abduct another kid. I think that was just mother bear syndrome kicking in. They've played together before," said Robert, his dad.
"If you didn't know the kid that would laugh or give you a comedy show, you probably would think he's a horrible child, and he's not," said Kathleen.
But she fears if he doesn't learn the consequences as a boy, "that one day this will be a prison instead of a juvenile detention center."
While he's in juvenile detention, the boy will undergo a psychological evaluation before a pretrial conference. If the case isn't resolved then, the 11-year-old could stand trial on charges of attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault.