A police officer in Indiana threw a 12-year-old into jail after he mistook him for his 17-year-old brother. The boy, shaken by the ordeal, shed tears. His shocked mother said: "He was holding his belt in one hand and had tears coming down his eyes."
According to Fox4KC.com, Jacob Magruder said he was sitting in the lobby at the Jasper County Sheriff's Department waiting for his family. "I saw a police officer and he had a phone and he called in there and said, 'Is this the boy I'm suppose to take?' and the woman in there said, 'Yeah.'"
The officer asked him to stand up and patted him down. Magruder continued:"[The officer said] 'Can you put your hands on the wall and spread your feet out?' And he checked me and he was like, 'Just to make sure you have no weapons on you or nothing.'"
WishTV.com reports Magruder was then taken to a holding cell where a lady came and said: "'Can you get in this cell for me?' and I was like, 'Sure.' They locked the door and it was cell number 1206 and they locked it."
The boy sat in 1206 for several minutes, sobbing, until the officers realized their mistake. According to Magruder, the officer came and said "'I'm sorry it was just a misunderstanding.' They said, 'You can give your brother a hug' and all that. I gave him a hug and he started bawling and I started bawling [too]."
KSDK.com reports that according to Michelle Magruder, the boy's mother: "He was holding his belt in one hand and had tears coming down his eyes. I said 'Jacob, what's the matter, what happened, where were you?' He said 'I was in jail,' I said, 'You were in jail?' I said, 'Did you ask for them to show you around?' He says, 'No.'"
Terry Risner, Jasper County Sheriff, says an internal investigation into the incident is being conducted. He said: "The incident involved a possible miscommunication and wrongful identification of a person that was at the sheriff's office when the incident was reported."
The outraged 12-year-old offered his opinion on the incident: "He had his radio. He should have called up there to check because he should have known that a 17-year-old does not look like me."
Fox4KC.com reports the sheriff's office would not say whether any officer involved in the error was punished.