There’s a controversy in one Florida community after police arrested a 9-year-old boy last week for assaulting his sister and then posted his mugshot online.
Lee County cops arrested Christian Cantele on Oct. 19, 2015 and then posted his mugshot on their website, which led to it being automatically published on a Facebook page titled Mugshots Lee County.
Many people complained the sheriff’s office was breaking the law by posting a photo of a minor. But because the boy was charged with a felony, there is no violation of the law.
Still, others argued that Christian should never have been arrested. He was charged with two counts of battery and two counts of aggravated assault after a temper tantrum involving his family.
His 11-year-old sister reportedly called the cops to scare her little brother, who struck his sister with a remote control then grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen.
Authorities said any domestic violence accusation has to be taken seriously. Even if the suspect is in elementary school, weighs 85 pounds and stands at 4’3″.
A police report says the boy put the knife back after his sister called police. Both the sister and their grandmother complained that they were in fear for their lives.
Note: Florida law says records pertaining to juveniles charged with felonies are subject to public records law.