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He Led Cops on Long Chase, Couldn't Reach Gas Pedal

Police say 11-year-old boy stole school bus, had to stand to reach the pedal

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Louisiana boy faces a series of charges after police said he stole a school bus and led several vehicles on a chase that lasted 45 minutes. Baton Rouge police said the boy hit three vehicles while taunting them and flipping officers off, NBC News reports. Officers blocked traffic... More »

Woman Drove Teen Son to Store, Which He Then Robbed: Police

Florida mother faces charges including child neglect

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a parent to chauffeur their children and their friends around town. But investigators in Florida say Amanda Chere Meador was more than a thoughtful parent, she was an accomplice, the Smoking Gun reports. After being driven to a Circle K store in Winter Springs with... More »

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton... More »

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's... More »

14-Year-Olds' Plan to Kill 9 Uncovered by Teacher: Police

Middle school students allegedly made a hit list

(Newser) - A Florida teacher who saw and heard two 14-year-olds acting suspiciously found their plans to kill nine people and dispose of the bodies, police say. The girls now each face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to sheriff's reports.... More »

'Unthinkable Tragedy' as Boy, 12, Charged With Killing Twin Sister

Town is 'incredibly brokenhearted'

(Newser) - The Connecticut town of West Hartford has been shaken by the murder of a 12-year-old girl —and the arrest of her twin brother. Police say the boy stabbed his sister to death and seriously injured his 56-year-old mother in the Monday afternoon incident. No motive has been given. West... More »

Inmate Denied Parole After Court Gave Him a Chance

Henry Montgomery killed a man at age 17 and has been imprisoned for more than 50 years

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole on Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry... More »

Teen Girls Committed 'Heinous, Nasty Crimes' in Pa.: Cops

Kemonie McKee, 16, and Syniah Martinez, 17, charged in armed robbery cases

(Newser) - "You could write a book" about Kemonie McKee and Syniah Martinez, a Philly-area police official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer , but the story about the two teen girls wouldn't exactly be a fairy tale. Instead, McKee, 16, and Martinez, 17, pulled off "some very heinous, nasty crimes,"... More »

His Brother Was the Murderer, but He's the One Doing Life

David Maldonado was 17 when the crime occurred; Sammy was 18

(Newser) - They were brothers bound by a crime—and ultimately separated by the Supreme Court. The BBC has the story of Sammy and David Maldonado, who on the evening of Aug. 13, 1980, met some teens at Devil's Pool in Pennsylvania. Sammy and David eventually decided to make off with... More »

Sentenced to Life at 14, What He Did on First Day Out

Barry Massey was youngest in America sentenced to life without parole

(Newser) - Exactly one month ago, 42-year-old Barry Massey walked out of a Washington state prison. It's a day that may very well have never come. At age 14, Massey became the youngest American at the time to be sentenced to life without parole; as a 13-year-old, he and a teen... More »

'Affluenza' Teen's Case Moved to Adult Court

Ethan Couch will likely get stricter probation conditions when he turns 19 in April

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch was moved from a juvenile facility to an adult jail . Now the "affluenza" teen will move into the grown-up leagues in yet another way: A Texas judge decided Friday to transfer Couch's case from juvenile to adult court when he turns 19 on... More »

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Move covers only those in federal prison

(Newser) - President Obama thinks solitary confinement does far more harm than good when it comes to juvenile offenders, and he's now banning the punishment outright in federal prisons. The president laid out his reasoning in a Washington Post op-ed, declaring that "the United States is a nation of second... More »

8th-Grader Kisses Girl on a Dare, Charged With Assault

The 13-year-old middle school boy is being charged as a juvenile

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy at Pikesville Middle School in Maryland allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old girl's shirt near her stomach and kissed her last week—as part of a dare, reports WBFF , but it had less than lighthearted consequences. The 8th-grader was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault before being... More »

Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Girls

Vast majority have been victims of abuse

(Newser) - A new report on the plight of girls in the nation's juvenile justice system has some shocking numbers: In some states, about 80% of them have been the victims of either sexual or physical abuse, reports the New York Times . It's often the abuse that triggers behavior that... More »

9-Year-Old Bus Thief Hits Another Bus

Nobody injured by Saskatoon joyrider

(Newser) - A Canadian who made off with an empty bus and smashed into another bus and a parked vehicle won't be facing any criminal charges—because nobody was injured in the joyride, and because he's just 9 years old. A witness in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, tells the Canadian Press that... More »

Doctors Judge Girl's Sanity in 'Slender Man' Stabbing

Morgan Geyser isn't legally competent to stand trial, they say

(Newser) - The prospect of an insanity plea loomed over a hearing in Wisconsin today for two girls accused in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Two doctors (one for the defense, one prosecution) said that one of the 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser, isn't... More »

Boy, 11, Brought 400 Rounds of Ammo to School: Cops

Child has been arrested

(Newser) - A pretty jarring story out of Washington state, where an 11-year-old boy was last night arrested and faces an attempted murder charge following the police discovery of a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives at a Vancouver, Wash., middle school. No one was hurt in the... More »

Victim Woke to Find Rapist's Name on Body: Lawyer

Audrie Pott's parents suing alleged attackers

(Newser) - Last week, three 16-year-old boys were arrested in the rape of 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who killed herself eight days after the attack. Now, her parents are suing the boys, who are said to have distributed a photo of the attack. "The sexual assault was one thing ... and then to... More »

12-Year-Old Convicted for Murder of Neo-Nazi Dad

Jeff Hall's hate group affiliation not a motive

(Newser) - A California judge today found a 12-year-old boy guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of his father, who was a leader in the neo-Nazi movement. The boy, who isn't being named due to his age, shot his father, 32-year-old Jeff Hall, in the head when he was 10.... More »

52-Year-Old Convicted of Murder— as a Juvenile

Cold case solved, but punishment is tricky

(Newser) - Under normal circumstances, it would be a clear-cut sentencing: A 52-year-old New Jersey man got convicted this week of raping and murdering his neighbor, reports the Star-Ledger . The catch is that the crime occurred more than three decades ago when Carlton Franklin was 15, explains the New York Times . As... More »

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