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Michigan abductionGeorgetown 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.

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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.

Whatever his intentions were, I can’t read a story about an older child luring away a younger child without thinking of cases like James BulgerMary Bell, or more recently, Alyssa Bustamante.

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  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    The parents of that 11-year-old better get their shit together and get him some help before he does something worse.

    That stepmother rocks for being an attentive parent, and those bus drivers are awesome for what they did to help her get to her stepson and get him to safety.

  • Lisa Mallo

    I’m so glad this had a happy ending. At first I was wondering why an 11 year old would kidnap a little boy, but then thought of James Bulger. When you said they walked over the train tracks, my stomach sank. I did not expect the awesome ending.

  • kimbev69

    wow i can only imagine what he would have done to the kid…sad thing is that he will not be put away due to this “attempt” and if he is it would be for a very short time…i’m sure

  • Sam

    At first i thought ‘how can a 6yo and an 11yo be classmates?’, but then i read that they’re both special needs. Which makes it even better that the stepmom found them in time because i would guess that the 11yo wouldn’t really have a concept of right/wrong or action/consequence the way ‘normal’ children would. Who knows what would have happened…
    That 11yo needs help, fast, or who knows what will happen to the next kid he doesn’t like.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    This is so close to the 11 year saying to his mom about the 6 year old, “Mom, he followed me home. Can we keep him? I promise to clean up after him. Pleeeeease!”

  • The fuck?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I had the exact same reactions.

  • Wicked Smilee

    Seems a bit extreme to arrest an 11yo for kidnapping. Kid’s interact this way towards each other when there’s an age/size difference, all the time. If he wasn’t raping the younger child, why is this “news-worthy”? The neglectful folks should have been arrested, if anything.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I have never in my life seen an older kid grab a younger kid out of their yard, drag them by the coat hard enough to tear it, and lead them far from home.
    And I’ve seen some pretty fucked up shit babysitting.

  • Athena

    Considering the kid has been in trouble with the law before, and considering the younger child looked scared enough for a bus driver in a moving bus to notice, and considering the step mom has to literally pry her son away from the older boy…

    I’d say you’re playing Devil’s Advocate. Or you didn’t read the article. Or you’re being sarcastic and my detector is malfunctioning.

  • Buffettgirl

    I have such a strong feeling we’ll be reading about this 11 year old boy in the future… Sadly by then he will have become the monster he seems to be on track to becoming…

  • Wicked Smilee

    I suppose it all depends on interpretation of “dragging” and innuendo of a prior run-in with the law. I don’t think an 11 yo should be arrested and charged, but I do have a problem with a 6yo going unsupervised.

  • This could so easily have been another case like this……thankfully it wasn’t!


  • Sorry didn’t see your comment, glad someone else thought of the same thing though

  • Andyman

    “cases like James Bulger, Mary Bell, or more recently, Alyssa Bustamante.” – Thanks for that Morbid – four for the price of one. I didn’t remember that this had happened so many times previously. I wonder what drives a 10-14 year old to murder a small child. Sigh.

  • My first thought too, and I’m very relieved that the outcome of this situation was far different.

  • Andyman

    The “dragging” caused the 6 year old’s jacket to be ripped. I’d say that is a pretty considerable show of force.

  • Athena

    Huh. Well, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

    No prosecutor charges an individual that young lightly, as those are not easy convictions to get. The fact that he was arrested and criminally charged at all suggests that the situation may very well be as dark as some imaginations have suggested.

    As far as the 6-year-old is concerned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with letting a child that age play unsupervised in their own yard (*depending on the nature of his special needs), in my opinion.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    And it’s not as if the stepmother wasn’t checking on him.

  • JGo555

    I looked but the cops aren’t releasing the ruse used to lure the boy away. I need to know that to judge this more.

  • rebecca rasha

    some kids are just fucking psycho…i agree, when i hear that a child has lured a younger child away from his home i think james bulger…and my stomach knots. good thing there were people in that town who were attentive and good thing this kids mother wasnt a neglectful parent. she pretty much saved his life. fuckn psychopathic serial killer children. and his parents are probably freaking out as well….what are you supposed to do when you find out your kid is luring children away by force? fuck that. thank god this step mom is a good parent. that kids dad is probably so happy he is with her right now.

  • rebecca rasha

    ugh, makes me want to vomit when i remember that story… that poor little boy =(

  • rebecca rasha

    well lets hope you dont have kids. if that shit is ok for you, then you need to get fixed.

  • nomorepolitix

    Sobbing with relief at this near miss. It’s been 20 years since James Bulger and I’m so happy that the adults in THIS situation took immediate action! Thank you to the alert bus driver and step-mother!!!

  • Suzy Sears

    Me too

  • VietGrlTrippie

    I’m glad the younger boy is ok. All I thought about when I read the title was Mary Bell. *shudders*

  • Wicked Smilee

    I have a grown son, and a niece I raised. And at 6 yrs old they were supervised. I’m amazed that everyone isn’t in agreement. I guess jumping on one bandwagon is too tempting? Do parental responsibilities matter? Yes. None of this is ok.

  • Wicked Smilee


  • Wicked Smilee

    It’s unreal that a contributor to this very site would leave 6yr olds unsupervised. Are you serious?

  • Wicked Smilee

    And how’d that work out?

  • The older boy was probably trying to get the younger boy to go into traffic and my it look like an accident good thing the bus driver saw them and they were found just in time

  • driven .

    kid needs to be put down like a rabid pitt bull. -the writing is all OVER the wall this kid will onl grow into a dangerous sick ** of an adult preying on those smaller and weaker than him.