- A DC mother recognized and turned in her 12-year-old son for a failed carjacking that left a 13-year-old dead.
- The juvenile was connected to the crime by clothing found in his room and was arrested after his mother called the police.
- The boy faces carjacking charges, as the judge did not find enough evidence for armed carjacking due to lack of a firearm connection.
In a striking act of parental responsibility, a Washington, DC mother turned her 12-year-old son over to the police upon recognizing him in a photo circulated by authorities.
The young suspect was allegedly involved in a botched carjacking that resulted in the shooting death of his 13-year-old associate, Vernard Toney Jr., by the off-duty officer they targeted.
The incident, which shook the community, occurred on October 28 just after 10 pm outside the US Attorney’s Office.
Details emerged during a juvenile court hearing, where surveillance footage depicted the minors approaching the officer’s car, with the 13-year-old entering the passenger side and the 12-year-old allegedly confronting the officer with a demand to exit the vehicle.
Despite the tragic outcome and a past marred by behavioral problems beginning at age 5, this event marks the boy’s first brush with the DC court system.
The mother’s attempts to intervene in her son’s path towards delinquency, including seeking help from a local hospital, tragically did not avert the course of events.
The assistant attorney general pushed for the juvenile to be detained on carjacking charges.
However, with no weapons linked to the youths, the judge did not find sufficient grounds for an armed carjacking charge, opting instead for a carjacking charge.
The minor is now being held at a juvenile facility, with the city witnessing a worrying uptick in carjackings, increasingly perpetrated by young offenders.
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