Cops Arrest 7-Year-Old Over 'Robbery' of $5

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Child in HandcuffsGet ready for your "people be crazy" story of the day. A 7-year-old was handcuffed by police and charged with robbery over allegedly taking $5 from a classmate after school. Not crazy enough for you? Wilson Reyes was allegedly interrogated for 10 hours over the missing money before he was finally allowed to see his Mommy!

Yeah, that's the part that really got to me too. I have a 7-year-old, and there's no way on God's green earth that I'd allow cops to sit her down and have a chat without me present.

The whole over-the-top incident comes out of the Bronx, where a kid apparently dropped $5 on the ground in front of some other little boys. One of them scooped it up, and Wilson got blamed (wrongly, it turned out).

OK, fair enough. These things happen. But you'd expect a principal to call all the kids involved into a room, hash it out, find out who was to blame, and get the money back, right? You wouldn't expect a 7-year-old to be hauled out of class by police and handcuffed.

You especially wouldn't expect this whole thing to go down without his mom being notified. But Wilson spent four hours in custody at the school and another six at the precinct.

When his mom was finally notified and got to the precinct, she says cops initially wouldn't allow her to see her little guy! When she was finally allowed in, a lawsuit against the city alleges she found her 7-year-old handcuffed to a wall.

Yes. She's suing. Wouldn't you?

If my child does something wrong in school, I don't just want to know. I need to know. It's my job, after all, to raise a good, upstanding citizen. I can only do that if I'm fully aware of what she's up to at school.

It's also my job -- and my right -- to be her advocate. She's only 7. She's still figuring out right from wrong, good from bad. Sometimes she makes mistakes. Sometimes she just needs her Mom to be there to help her navigate the scary adult world.

Remember what it was like to be 7? Imagine being accused of doing something you didn't do. My daughter tends to get righteously indignant because, well, she's SEVEN. She'll burst into tears, horrified that she's being called out for something she didn't do. Then she'll get angry and shut down.

I used to worry about her behavior until I talked to other moms. Turns out this is pretty standard 7-year-old behavior. They don't know how to respond to baseless accusations. They're just kids!

They need their parents to act as -- for lack of a better word -- interpreters. We explain to them what's going on, and we explain our kids to the outside world.

Wilson is now out of police custody, and the ridiculous "robbery" charge against the 7-year-old has been dropped. But this ordeal has no doubt changed him forever.

What would you do if cops interrogated your child without you? 


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nonmember avatar kui

f***'d up

kelti... kelticmom

Welcome to America, where 7 year olds get arrested over $5.00 and handcuffed to walls, where kindergartners get labeled "terrorists" and subjected to psychological evaluations over a Hello Kitty bubble blower, where people who rescue and rehabilitate an injured deer face jail time, where kids who admit they made a mistake and still had their UNLOADED bb gun in their backpack and turned it in to authorities get suspended, where little kids get tazed by resource officers, where high school kids get pepper sprayed for not getting to class fast enough, where high school football fans get pepper sprayed for doing a "haka" at a game.....etc, etc, etc. Yet pedophiles, rapists, etc walk freely among us after serving the minimum time allowed.

LostS... LostSoul88

I would be suing! 10 hours????? They treated him like a criminal instead of putting him in front of the teacher, principle and his parent(s). This is whats wrong with our soceity. 

lulou lulou

Even if their side is completely true, I think sueing for 250 million makes them look more greedy than worried about their child.

Brandy Robinson

Is that even legal. Didn't the kid have the right to at least have an attorney present. Lawsuit would be an understatement

Proud... ProudMama19317

This is way off the wall!  I don't think a $250 mil. lawsuit is so much about money, as it is about principal of the matter...ridiculous sum, granted, but they are making their point.  I would go batcrap if this was done to my child...perhaps I should email this story to the mother of the child who keeps taking my daughter's school supplies, claiming "finders, keepers!".  As irritated as I am by this crappy kid, I would be equally offended if I found out that the school had her arrested for taking my kids stuff, and denying her parental support...isn't there a law about questioning a minor without a parent/guardian present??  Shame on the school for mishandling this. situation..shame on the police who responded and continued this travesty!

kelti... kelticmom

Lulou, usually it's the attorneys who figure out how much to sue for. Most of the time it is settled out of court for much less. And sometimes the only way to bring light to a corrupt justice system is to bring a massive case against them.

nonmember avatar Andrea

i think that the arrest is above and beyond. I dont blame the parents for being upset. I would be too.

lasombrs lasombrs

wow I thought it was maybe a little made up but there is a photo of it. Just wow! I doubt they will get $250 million but I bet they are just aiming high to prove a point. I love how they claim he was taken out of class and held in the school and yet the school says nothing happened on school grounds and will not answer questions. *shakes head* Poor little guy

lulou lulou

250 million is excessive to make a point.  They are essentially sueing the taxpayers who fund police forces and wasting the courts time to settle for a lower amount. 

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