10-Year-Old Girl Arrested, Detained in Illinois

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a 10-year-old girl who allegedly hit her teacher was arrested Friday in Will County, Illinois, on charges of aggravated battery. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stepped in immediately to secure her release from the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center in Joliet, where she was being held until her court appearance, scheduled for today. A spokesman for the State’s Attorney working on the case defended the initial decision to detain the girl by citing state statutes “stipulating that juveniles arrested on a warrant too late in the day can’t be processed in court the same day, and there is no weekend juvenile court.” Well, sure, that makes sense. I mean, I’d hate for anyone to have to work a few minutes past 6:00 on a Friday…

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