Area law enforcement dealing with violent kids

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SAFFORD — Violence among juveniles drew the attention of law enforcement recently.

On Sept. 1, Safford and Thatcher police officers responded to the 800 block of 8thAvenue following reports of five juveniles beating a sixth. None of the juveniles would admit to involvement in a fight, although one had a bloody nose.

Security cameras in area showed the juveniles congregating, but no violence. Each of the juveniles was released to a guardian.

On Sept. 11, Graham County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Highway 70, following reports an 11-year-old attacked his mother.

The mother said she was pushed and punched when she attempted to retrieve her phone from her son, who also used profanities toward her.

The boy ran off into the desert but was located a short time later. He reportedly denied punching his mother but allegedly admitted to pushing her.

Juvenile Probation was contacted, but declined action following a previous ruling by the court that the juvenile was deemed incompetent. He was released to the custody of his mother.