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Kidnapping alleged in every sense of the word

Juvenile crime graphic. Youth crime. Teen violence. AP

Both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator in a western Michigan kidnapping case are almost too young to even come under the heading of "juvenile crime."
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(CBS/AP) GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A 6-year-old boy was lured from a yard and led away from his home in Western Michigan, authorities said.

It is a "kidnapping" case in every way. The suspect is an 11-year-old boy himself, CBS Detroit reported.

The 11-year-old has been charged with attempted kidnapping and assault in the incident last Wednesday, and is being held in the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center. He will likely remain there until a court hearing.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Bennett said the 6-year-old was playing in his front yard in Georgetown Township, southwest of Grand Rapids, around 5 p.m. Wednesday when the 11-year-old approached him, CBS Detroit reported. Bennett said the older boy grabbed the 6-year-old by the neck and jacket collar, and forcefully led him down the street and across some railroad tracks.

According to CBS Detroit, Bennett said the pre-teen used a trick to lure the young boy out of the yard, but wouldn't give further details other than to say it was "rather intricate for an 11-year-old to come up with." He said the boys know each other but are not friends.

The younger boy's stepmother tracked them down and had to pry the boy from the 11-year-old's grasp, Bennett said. The 6-year-old was not hurt.

Deputies later found the older boy - who has been in trouble with police before - at his house with his family, and took him into custody.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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