UPDATE (February 21, 2014) 10-year-old released from juvenile detention Saturday. Parents claim Highland Village police overreacted in arresting him.
HIGHLAND VILLAGE (CBSDFW.COM) — A North Texas family is in shock on Friday after finding out that their 10-year-old son will be spending the weekend in jail.
10-year-old Preston Johnson is in juvenile detention after being arrested in a neighborhood dispute on Friday afternoon.
The boy’s mother, April Johnson, says she and her husband thought they were taking their child in to answer several police questions. Instead, officers suggested that Preston could be arrested.
“That got us into a state of panic,” said Johnson. “And then they said, it was because we were so upset about it that they decided to take him, and how is that fair to him?”
Johnson says her son began crying when the parents were forced to leave the police station.
A police spokesperson said the department had a signed warrant accusing the boy of assaulting another child. Johnson says the alleged offense was a minor scuffle with the child of a neighbor — who has repeatedly called police on them.
“For basically walking in his yard; walking in his driveway,” noted Johnson.
Because the arrest took place late on a Friday afternoon, Johnson says her son will be forced to spend the entire weekend in jail.
The Highland Village Police Chief released a statement to CBS 11.
“It is not the normal or standard policy of the Highland Village Police Department to arrest juveniles without vetting other problem solving remedies. However, people’s safety is paramount and as such, safety will always remain at the top of our decision making process…”
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