Wednesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

A New Mexico Policeman Tasered a 10-year-old Child, Courthouse News Service

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car on career day, the boy claims in court. The complaint states that the Defendant asked a group of boys “who would like to clean his patrol unit… and a number of boys said that they would.” When Plaintiff jokingly said he did not want to clean the patrol unit, Defendant allegedly pointed his taser at the boy and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.'”

Teen charged as adult in Colorado schoolgirl’s murder, Chicago Tribune

A teenager who authorities said confessed to the abduction, killing and dismemberment of a 10-year-old Colorado girl was formally charged as an adult on Tuesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child.

It’s better not to lock up juvenile defendants, The Philadelphia Inquirer

For years, New Jersey sent juveniles awaiting trial to county detention centers, locking them up even for minor crimes. But a new report on juvenile justice reform shows that there is another, more effective, alternative that saves taxpayer money and protects society.