BLOOMINGTON — A 16-year-old Bloomington boy accused of stabbing another youth Saturday at a park in Normal will remain in the county juvenile detention center while his case is pending, a judge ruled Monday.
At a hearing in juvenile court, Associate Judge Brian Goldrick ruled the teen's criminal history and the violent nature of the new allegations did not justify the boy's release to his parents.
Goldrick noted the juvenile is currently on probation on other offenses not disclosed in court.
The minor is accused of stabbing another 16-year-old in the back. Police were called to Anderson Park shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday where they found the victim near the playground with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities said the two teens were acquainted.
Defense lawyer Art Feldman told the judge the boy's parents, including his father who was in court, are willing to have him return home. Home confinement or electronic monitoring would be appropriate for the minor, said Feldman.
Assistant State's Attorney Samantha Walley argued against releasing the youth, saying the stabbing involved the use of a deadly weapon by the teen who does not attend school on a regular basis.
Dressed in a gray sweatsuit, the teen sat at the defense table and read court documents handed to him at the start of the hearing. He spoke briefly with his father after the hearing before he was escorted back to the detention center.
A Dec. 21 bench trial is scheduled on the charges that would be Class 3 felonies in adult court. The teen is eligible for a transfer of his case to adult court, but the state has not filed a petition asking that the matter be moved to adult court.
The Pantagraph does not name juveniles in such cases.