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Special needs boy, 8, arrested and charged after running away from school

By Mason White 1:11 PM April 23, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) An 8-year-old boy was placed in back of a police car after he ran away from school.

The child, Edward Hart of Michigan, was not under arrest at the time and was supposed to be taken back to the school by the officer.

However, as the child with special needs was alone in the officer’s car, he allegedly broke a camera in the squad car and told the officer to “shut up.”

These actions caused the child to be taken into police custody.

Now, the child’s family is angry and are demanding answers as to why the boy was riding in the police car without a school official supervising him.

Hart attends the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in Allegan, where he is known to have anger issues.

One day, he ran away from school, as he did in the past. His teachers and principal chased after him.

Police were called to help, and according to the police report, school staff asked the officer to drive the child back to school and that is when the trouble began.

The 8 year old faces charges of malicious destruction of police property, resisting and obstructing.