Kid Cop Out of Juvie, Released to Mother

Boy, 14, spent two months in state youth facility for violating probation

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    The teen boy charged with impersonating a Chicago Police officer in January was released to the custody of his mother Wednesday after spending more than two months in a state youth facility for violating his probation.

    The teen boy charged with impersonating a Chicago Police officer in January was released to the custody of his mother Wednesday after spending more than two months in a state youth facility for violating his probation.

    The 14-year-old gained notoriety after reporting for duty at the Grand Crossing District police station, including partnering with another police officer for about five hours during a January traffic patrol shift.

    And just five months later, he was accused of donning a business suit and stealing a Lexus from a South Side car dealership under the guise of taking it for a test drive.

    In August, he violated the terms of his home confinement for the previous offenses fives times, lying to probation officers and to Judge Andrew Berman, the juvenile judge who gave him more than a few second chances.

    On Wednesday, Berman released the boy to his mother’s custody, according to Cook County State’s Atorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

    "He was re-committed to his original probation sentence after getting a good report from the juvenile justice facility and released to his mother," Simonton said.

    That probation sentence also includes counseling, she said.