Posted: May 9, 2013 10:29 AM by Laura Wilson - MTN News
POLSON - A family is outraged as bail remains at $500,000 for a 10-year-old St. Ignatius boy pending a mental evaluation.
A bond reduction request was denied in Lake County District Wednesday afternoon, a decision the court feels is in the best interest of the St. Ignatius boy, but his family is in disbelief a bond could be set this high for a 10-year-old. The boy is charged with theft and burglary.
"It's outrageous. I've never heard of something like this. It's really hard on our family," Dorinda Buck, the child's grandmother and legal guardian said.
The 10-year-old was originally charged with felony theft and burglary last year. Those charges were later dismissed under an agreement that he would meet certain conditions.
But after recently violating one of them, he was charged again with theft and burglary. Judge Kim Christopher set his bond for $500,000 last week, pending a neuropsychological evaluation.
The boy has missed more than half of his mental health treatment appointments in Sunburst since January. He has also missed all of his scheduled neuropsychological evaluations in the last year.
"This neuropsychological appointment has been missed three times. We now have it [scheduled] for tomorrow. The court's goal in this is to make sure he gets to all of those appointments, which is why I set that bond as high as I did," Judge Christopher explained.
Buck says she was the first person to push for him to get an evaluation and doesn't believe he needs to remain in the youth correctional facility to receive it.
"He's already being traumatized by kids older than him, who have committed violent crimes. He's already seen a lot of things he shouldn't see as a 10-year-old. I put myself out there to take himself to [Thursday's] psych eval," Buck explained. "I said I'd make myself an officer of the court if I needed to, anything to get him to the psych eval, but they still said no.
The boy is still at the Reintegrating Youthful Offenders Correctional Facility in Galen, where he'll stay for at least another two weeks. A status hearing in the case is set for May 23.
The boy's family came prepared to pay his initial bond amount, but Christopher said the money would be better spent directly on the boy rather than indirectly on him through a bail bondsman.