11-Year-Old In Custody, Suspected of Abducting First Grader

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.–An 11-year-old boy is in juvenile detention in Ottawa County after police say he abducted a 6-year-old boy from his yard in Georgetown Township.

On Wednesday, the child’s stepmother noticed the child was no longer playing in the yard and quickly started to search for him, according to Ottawa County investigators.

Luckily, several school bus drivers with Jenison Public Schools spotted the two children walking down the street a few blocks away and noticed something wasn’t right.

“The bus driver noticed the 6-year-old boy was being led by the 11-year-old by the collar of the neck,” said Lt. Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

School authorities say the driver said the younger child appeared frightened, but she had students on her bus and could not immediately stop. She was able to alert other drivers about the situation.

Investigators say the stepmother was then able to make contact with one of those drivers and was given a ride to where the boys were spotted.

The woman was able to find her son and the 11-year-old suspect near Chicago Drive and 12th Avenue, a fairly busy intersection. Police say she reported the 11-year-old had a tight hold on her child.

“The suspect continued to pull the victim away from mom, and mom had to physically remove the six-year-old from the grasp of the 11-year-old,” said Lt. Bennett.

The child was not injured, but had torn clothing.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and the juvenile was taken into custody for questioning.

He is being held in juvenile detention at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex on a charge of attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault.

Investigators call this a rare, but alarming case.

They say the suspect has had contacts with law enforcement in the past, but would not go into details about his background.

A hearing is set for next week.

Meanwhile, school authorities say the victim has been back at school and is doing well.

Both boys are students at Jenison Public Schools.


13 Comments to “11-Year-Old In Custody, Suspected of Abducting First Grader”

    Samantha said:
    March 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    What kind of parents does this 11 year old have?

      K U said:
      March 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Do you blame Autism on Parents as well?

        Savannah said:
        March 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Sorry but Autism isnt something you can control, you can control your child from becoming a sociopath.

      linedancergal said:
      March 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Bad ones probably.

    Jan said:
    March 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    The 11 yr old doesn't have autism…

      DUH,,LOUIE said:
      March 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM


        Savannah said:
        March 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Thats ADD dumbass.

    sue johnson said:
    March 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    This kinda crap happened to me as a young child with neighbor kids back in the 60s. I was locked in a dog cage and a closet. No one did anything back then.

    Jan said:
    March 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Look, I live in the neighborhood, and the 2 boys are ALWAYS together. They play together all the time.

      Savannah said:
      March 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Then why did his mother have to phisically take her child back? get the fuck outta here tryna get attention.

    2013worldseries said:
    March 15, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    With all the crazy sh*t we read about these days, I don't think this was an over-reaction to what was going on. If my gut would have told me something didn't look right then I would have done the same thing. As a matter of fact, maybe we all would be better off if more people would pay attention to the world beyond their own noses. Besides, why would the stepmother have to struggle with the 11 year old to release the 6 yr. old? There is something more to this story.

    Bob said:
    March 16, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    That 6 yr old doesn't have supervision either. He is always walking around by himself, and playing blocks from his home..with that same 11 yr old

    Jennifer said:
    March 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Louie….that would be add, not autism moron

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