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9-year-old Miami Gardens boy steals car to avoid going to school, police say

A 9-year-old Miami Gardens boy was arrested and charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and grand theft auto after stealing his mother’s car because he didn’t want to go to school.

Before taking off with the car keys about 8:15 Tuesday morning, the child threw a brick at his mother and grandmother, said Miami Gardens police spokesman Michael Wright.

“He took his mom’s keys,” Wright said. “He didn’t want to go to school today.”

According to Wright, the child took the car from a home in the 2800 block of Northwest 171st Terrace, then drove around for about 45 minutes. Police caught up to him at Northwest 167th Street and 22nd Avenue, and he pulled over.

Television cameras captured the child, wearing light-colored clothing and with his hands apparently behind his back, accompanied by police.

Asked whether the child could drive at such a young age, Wright said, “Surprisingly, yes.”

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