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The boy is known to county staff members as a “challenging” child, she wrote, adding that, since December 2012, they’ve conducted four child-protection assessments on the boy’s family. “The reports have been inconsistent and there have been no injuries to the child; however, there is a pattern of behavior,” she wrote.

The boy also has a “history” of riding light-rail trains to a Bloomington water park, where he “waits until a large family is entering and joins them,” she wrote. Of county interactions with the child, Moore wrote, “Typically, staff can tell if a child is lying, but with this child, they are unsure what is going on.”

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s child protection unit is reviewing the case, a spokesman said. Moore told county administrators that the boy could be removed from his home if he’s been mistreated or he could receive “behavioral health” options. Because of his age, the boy cannot be charged with a crime.

 

Staff writers Paul Walsh and Glenn Howatt contributed to this report. Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

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