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Lawyer wants Del. teen tried as child in abduction

Saturday - 12/14/2013, 12:19pm  ET

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A lawyer for a teenager accused of kidnapping an elderly woman in Delaware wants his client tried as a juvenile.

John P. Daniello says his 15-year-old client, Junia McDonald, would wind up a "dysfunctional, maladjusted young woman" if placed through the state's adult prison system.

McDonald and 16-year-old co-defendant Jackeline Perez are charged with stuffing an 89-year-old woman in her car's truck last March and riding around for two days. Police say the woman, Margaret E. Smith, was found abandoned in a graveyard after spending more than 36 hours in captivity.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that prosecutors say McDonald skipped school, used drugs and had "multiple instances of police contact" in the year before the kidnapping.

They say prosecuting her in Family Court would be too lenient.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com


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