11-year-old girl receives home detention after stealing, crashing mother's SUV

Girl only allowed to leave home to attend school, church

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor , Erica Rakow - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A judge ordered an 11-year-old girl to be placed on home detention with an ankle monitor Tuesday, a day after she allegedly stole her mother's SUV and crashed into another vehicle in Sunrise.

The child can only leave home to go to school and church with her parents.

The girl, whose parents attended her court hearing, told the judge that she doesn't like her school, Pines Middle School, so the judge arranged for the child's parents to meet with a school board representative to find another school for her.

"Once we look at the entirety of this case and figure out why this occurred, hopefully we can try to move in a direction that will address her behavior, as opposed to moving forward with criminal charges," Judge Stacy Ross said.

The child's attorney, Gordon Weekes, said his client is having a hard time adjusting from elementary to middle school. He said she is an honor student and her actions Monday are out of character for her.

"She has no record (and) has not been in trouble with the system. She's only 10 years old, just turning 11, so she's very, very young," Weekes said.

Pembroke Pines police said the girl's mother had given her daughter the key to her SUV to retrieve a book Monday morning, but when the mother went outside about 10 minutes later, she noticed that her daughter and her SUV were gone.

The mother thought her daughter was kidnapped and called 911.

Hollywood police spotted the SUV near University Drive and Stirling Road and attempted a traffic stop, but the girl refused to stop, authorities said.

Police pursued the SUV into Sunrise, where it crashed into a BMW. The driver of the BMW told Local 10 News that his head cracked his windshield.

The girl faces multiple charges, including aggravated fleeing, fleeing and eluding police and driving without a license.

"The entire family realizes the gravity of what occurred," Weekes said. "You know, it was a very young child that was accused of driving a car in traffic and got into a very serious accident. Luckily, she is physically OK. Luckily, the other driver was physically OK."

The girl will remain on home detention for at least 21 days.

Her next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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