Police handcuff 7-year-old boy for 10 hours after $5 went missing

Police jail cell illustration 
By: Chan Yuan 

A little boy was handcuffed for 10 hours and faced harsh treatment by the New York Police Department after $5 went missing from another boy, according to a statement from the little boy’s attorney.

Most children have a time out or a spanking for bad behavior, but the Bronx, New York, 7-year-old boy was arrested and handcuffed to a wall in the police station for hours on a robbery charge, according to police reports in New York.

The mother of the boy is threatening to sue the New York Police Department for $250 million, saying her son was treated like a hardened criminal after he allegedly struck a 9-year-old child in the face and took $5 from him, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Police arrested the boy in his third grade classroom at Public School 114 on Cromwell Avenue.
He was detained at school for four hours and then kept in custody at the 44th Precinct for another six hours, the attorney for the woman said in a statement Monday.

The lawyer is calling the accusations against the seven-year-old boy false, and said that he had filed a notice of claim against the New York Police Department, the City of New York, and the South Bronx precinct.