McLouth youth sentenced
An 11-year-old McLouth boy has been sentenced in an Easter Sunday burglary and arson at the McLouth Elementary School.
The 11-year-old boy and two other children, ages 8 and 9, broke into the school, vandalized the building and set fires. Since April 15, the 11-year-old has been held at the Shawnee County Detention Center, Topeka.
Vic Braden, Jefferson County assistant attorney, said that last Wednesday, a judge ruled that the 11-year-old be placed in the custody of the juvenile justice authority until an out-of-home placement can be found.
The court eventually plans to return the child to his home, Braden said.
"The thought is there's a problem there and the child needs to be placed outside the home and slowly reintegrated back into the home as these problems are resolved," Braden said.
Another hearing for the youth has been set for Aug. 22, at which time the judge will decide restitution to the school.
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