3-year-old girl arrested for armed robbery and disturbing the peaceBy Mason White 9:35 AM June 29, 2014
|The three-year-old (center) and her family|
By: Anika Rao
Parents were shocked when police officers came to arrest their three-year-old daughter for armed robbery.
The three-year-old of India, has been arrested for armed robbery and disturbing the peace after an angry neighbor filed a malicious complaint, police said.
The girl, who was identified as Guddi, was at home with her family when the police arrived to arrest her. Officers demanded that the suspect be handed over for questioning and became aggressive when the family tried to convince them that there had been a mistake.
When the parents finally brought their three-year-old daughter to police she was arrested and charged.
According to the child’s parents, this is not the first time their neighbors have called police on the child. Last year, they also filed charges against the child, who was only 2 years old at the time.
The family had been so distraught over the charges and considered fleeing their village, but took two months to persuade authorities to drop the charges.
The child’s latest arrest was condemned by the district judge, who ordered police to drop the charges and investigate why there had been a case against such a young child.
Prashant Kumar, the deputy inspector general of police, said the complaint had been made by neighbors of the family with whom they had an old dispute.
He also said that the two families were involved in petty fights and have filed police complaints against each other.
“Both families are poor and work as day laborers. Much of the fighting takes place between the women when the men go out to work. The women indulged in verbal fights and at times fist fights,” he added.