Washington, D.C., police are checking a report that a boy as young as six grabbed a fast food restaurant customer’s cellphone on Sunday, the Washington Post reports. News organizations jumped on the story, with the item being reported by organizations as far away as the Daily Mail in London, all directly quoting a D.C. police Twitter announcement.
Police noted that some initial information provided by the male victim did not check out. The idea of a child so young involved in crime is not far-fetched. “It is very unusual, but not unprecedented, for a child under ten to be arrested and prosecuted,” said D.C. Deputy Attorney General Andrew Fois. “A handful of such cases have been brought against children as young as eight for such offenses as kidnapping, serious assaults, sex offenses and stealing a Metro bus.”