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8-Year-Old Special Needs Boy Facing Felony Charges for Throwing Tantrum in Police Car

An 8-year-old boy with special needs is facing felony charges after throwing a temper tantrum in a police car.

Edward Hart attends a school for children with behavioral challenges and has “anger issues.” Last month, he decided to run away from school.

His step-father points out that it is not the first time Edward decided to flee the school. “He’s ran away from the school before,” Harold Bluhm said. “And he’s made it to M- 40 before. But he’s never made it as far as he did this time.”

After his teachers failed to catch up with him during his latest escape, they called police to assist in returning him to the school.

Eventually, the police caught up with Edward and put him in the back of a police car. That is when the trouble began.

Edward began cursing at the officers and kicking in the backseat. Then, in the middle of his tantrum,  he broke a police camera in the car.

As a result, the special needs elementary school student has been charged with malicious destruction of police property, resisting and obstructing.

Bluhm said he as taken away the child’s Nintendo DS as punishment for his actions and plans to use the money selling it to pay for the camera. He said the blame in this case, though, truly lies with the adults involved.

“If they had him under control, why didn’t they ride with him in the back of this cop car so this incident would have never took place?” Edward’s step-dad asked. “When I called the school to ask questions – why nobody rode with the minor child to the school instead of just throwing him in the back of a cop car – they had no answers for me. They couldn’t answer that question.”

Police Chief Rick Hoyer agrees that charges in this case are too much and said that he just wants the family to pay the $50 for the camera. The county’s prosecutor, however, stands by the felony charges and says he plans to pursue the matter in court.

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