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Child Shoplifter Held In Dallas Jail for Two Weeks As Adult

Child Shoplifter Held In Dallas Jail for Two Weeks As Adult

Published August 7, 2009

A 13-year-old girl arrested for shoplifting was held in the Dallas County Jail for nearly two weeks before it was determined that she is underage, a police sergeant said Thursday.

An internal affairs investigation has been launched to review the matter, police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

The girl, who had run away from home, was arrested July 10 at a Target department store for shoplifting. She held no identification and gave a false name and age, Mitchell said.

The sergeant said the arresting officer attempted to contact the police youth division to confirm the information but found no record of her. The arresting officer assumed she was 17 and took her to jail, Mitchell said, but did not say how he made that assumption.

The girl was released from custody July 23 after appearing before a judge and is again listed as a runaway.

Meanwhile, an inmate, an acquaintance of the girl's family who had recognized her, phoned her father, who came to police with a birth certificate and other records verifying her real identity and age.

Mitchell declined to discuss the case further, pending the investigation.

Written by BET.com Staff

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