An understandably frustrated dad in crime-infested Baltimore is implying that the revolving-door, consequence-free criminal justice system is failing his teen son and many others like him.
Prosecutors in the Baltimore area keep dropping charges instead of perhaps locking his son up, according to the concerned father identified as Santiago by local media.
“I want my son to get some help. I mean, if it’s jail, that what’s it’s gonna take, then jail. What I think my son needs, he needs some mental help,” he told Fox 45 Baltimore.
The 14-year-old allegedly began breaking into cars to steal cigarettes and loose change and “is now on a carjacking and car theft crime spree from Baltimore to D.C., according to his parent,” even though he is hardly old enough to have a driver’s license, the news outlet noted.
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As a microcosm of the contradictory incentives in the way criminal justice is being administered, authorities in two nearby counties on one occasion allegedly threatened to charge Santiago with neglect and abandonment after he asked them to hold his son in custody until his court date.
In another incident, the youngster purportedly almost killed or injured two pursuing cops during a dangerous, high-speed chase when he and a friend allegedly stole a Lexus and a Honda CRV.
Santiago personally brought his son to a police station near Annapolis after a different alleged stolen-car incident, which resulted only in a citation.
So far, the teen has reportedly faced 19 charges in Baltimore and surrounding counties, 18 of which were dropped, with a term of probation for the other offense.
“This isn’t even about my son; this is about Baltimore City’s kids. This is about all juvenile delinquents,” the dad asserted.
Santiago is apparently on the hook for fines for his son’s alleged transgressions which is “taking a heavy financial toll” on the family. He also anticipates a potential civil lawsuit from a homeowner whose residence his son allegedly crashed into with a stolen vehicle.
“Santiago says [his son’s] story perfectly encapsulates the issues with the criminal justice system in Baltimore at the moment. He believes cases like [the son’s] are what’s driving an uptick in juvenile crime,” the concerned father reaffirmed to the Daily Mail.
“The dad says he has tried writing the mayor and the governor and that they helped by putting a GPS tracking device on him, but that he has already cut it off once. Santiago says he feels he is out of ideas and he just doesn’t know what to do at this point,” the outlet added.
He also worries that the way things are going, his son might not live to age 18 because of the latter’s anti-social behavior.
According to City of Baltimore police data, about 31,000 total reported crimes have occurred in Baltimore City so far this year, including nearly 700 carjackings.
In a familiar theme throughout the country in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions, lawlessness in the Baltimore area is rampant under Soros-backed, soft-on-crime prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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