MONTICELLO, Fla. – The family of a 7-year-old north Florida boy arrested and charged with battery were angry with the authorities who arrested him.
The parents of the boy said their child was too young to be booked, fingerprinted and taken away to a juvenile justice (search) facility.
Jefferson County Sheriff's officials said they didn't have a choice.
They said there was a warrant for the 4'6", 60-pound boy's arrest on charges of hitting a classmate, a teacher and a principal, and scratching a school resource officer.
The school pressed charges and Monticello police obtained a warrant for the boy's arrest.
A lawyer for the boy and his parents challenged the account of what happened and how the case was handled by local officials in the town of Monticello, just east of Tallahassee (search).
The mother of Johnnie Lee Morris said her child was held for several hours at the sheriff's office on September first before being taken to a juvenile justice facility.
The boy is on house arrest while waiting for his case to work its way into the court system.The child faces expulsion from Jefferson Elementary School (search) where he was in the second grade.