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Court records show slain Clayton Twp. teen had troubled past

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(02/04/13) - A Clayton Township teenager was shot and killed Sunday afternoon.  Police say his father fired the shot following a violent argument at the family's home.

The father was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.  Police and prosecutors met Monday afternoon to discuss the case.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says it is not clear cut, more investigating is needed and the father will be released from jail while police continue to investigate what happened inside of the home.

Leyton says the father also has health issues that are complicated by him being in jail.

ABC12 is not using his name because he has not been charged.

Clayton Township Police have not released the teenager's name, but say he is 17. 

Genesee Intermediate School District Spokesman Jerry Johnson confirms he was a student in the district, but declined to say which school he attended.

The shooting happened at the family's home, in the 2400 block of Plainview Drive, just after 1 p.m. Sunday.

Police say the teenager and his mother were arguing, he got violent and his sister stepped in to try to stop it.

According to police, the teenager assaulted both of them and then his father stepped in, ultimately firing a gun, shooting and killing his son.

"We moved here when I was in fourth grade, that's why my parents chose it because it was safe. It's crazy," said Megan Pratscher, who lives near the scene. "It's weird to think you're never going to see that person again, it's just strange," Pratscher said.

ABC12 found the teen had a troubled past.

His family court file details at least three prior incidents with his family members as the victims.

The first allegation dates back to July of 2011.

The records allege he attacked two people living at the home, not his parents, with a walking cane and then damaged two vehicles.

The paperwork shows his parents refused to allow him to return home after a violent outburst resulting in the juvenile assaulting family members and a police officer.

Court records from February of 2012 show he was again accused of assaulting one of the same people in the previous complaint.

Records, from the same time period, indicate his parents said they were unable to prevent his delinquent behavior in the home.

Just this past July, another allegation of domestic violence and this time, court records list his mother as the victim.

He's also accused of breaking a window in the home that time.

Court records show he spent some time at the county's juvenile detention center and did go through psychological testing.  The teen was found incompetent each time, three consecutive times, and his cases were dismissed every time.

During his final hearing this summer, court records show his evaluation was to be released to assist in finding appropriate placement for him to help with his delinquent behaviors.

It's not clear what happened after that.

ABC12 spoke with the family court judge who oversaw at least one of the teen's cases.

He says they were dismissed because, under the law for juveniles, no other alternative is available when a juvenile is deemed incompetent.

ABC12 was unable to reach the family for comment. 


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