Georgetown Township, MI – Police in Michigan have arrested an 11-year-old boy after they say he abducted a 6-year-old boy last week.
The 6-year-old was playing in his front yard last Wednesday afternoon when the older boy lured him out of his yard, grabbed him the neck and jacket, then forcefully led him down the street and across some railroad tracks.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Bennett did not give much details about what the 11-year-old did or said to lure the boy out of his yard aside from stating that it was “rather intricate for an 11-year-old to come up with.”
When the stepmother of the younger boy noticed her son was no longer playing in the yard, she went out and began searching for him. Lucky for her, a school bus driver had noticed the two boys walking down the street and felt something wasn’t right. Mainly because the older boy was leading the younger boy by the collar of his jacket, and the younger boy looked scared.
The driver wasn’t able to stop, but notified other bus drivers of what she had seen. The stepmother somehow made contact with one of those drivers and was given a ride to where the boys were spotted a few blocks away and found them both at a busy intersection. The stepmother had to pry her stepson from the 11-year-old’s grasp and had an altercation with the alleged abductor in the middle of an intersection during 5 o’clock traffic.
Police say the 6-year-old was not hurt, but that his jacket was torn. They also said the two boys know each other, and are both Jenison Public School classmates, but they are not friends. The younger boy’s stepmother knew the suspect so when she called police to inform them what happened, she was able to tell them the identity of the older boy. Deputies found the 11-year-old at his family’s house and took him into custody.
Bennet said the suspect has been in trouble with the law before, just nothing to this extent. Bennet did not reveal the boy’s past troubles with the law, only stating “he has exhibited some troubling behavior in the past.” The 11-year-old was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault and is being held in the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center, where he will probably stay until his court hearing.
Bennet says he has no idea what intentions the older boy had when he lured the younger boy away from his home, adding that he hopes the juvenile court system would be able to provide “some services for this young man who is obviously troubled.” School officials say the victim is back in class and doing well. They also said both boys have special needs, but did not elaborate.