Family Court to oversee teen declared incompetent for trial in Del.

(AP) – A 14-year-old boy who has a long history of criminal behavior and has been declared incompetent to stand trial will be subject to Family Court jurisdiction, a move Delaware prosecutors say could endanger public safety.

A Superior Court judge on Friday transferred charges against the Wilmington boy to Family Court, where he already has 15 other matters pending. He was charged after a shooting last year with assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile, and other crimes.

The boy has been declared incompetent to stand trial in Superior Court because of several anger-related diagnoses.

But prosecutors note that Family Court rules regarding incompetent defendants require charges to be dismissed after a certain time, and fear that the boy will likely wind up shooting someone or being shot himself.
 

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