Mom tells Middletown police she can’t ‘control’ son, 13, found living in hotel

The mother of a 13-year-old boy told Middletown police she didn’t know where her son was living when officers told her the boy was staying in a Middletown hotel.

The boy’s mother had not talked to her son for about one week and hadn’t filed a missing juvenile report, according to a Middletown police report. The mother told police she couldn’t “control” her son.

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The boy was found in the Super 8 Motel, 3553 Commerce Drive, along with a 19-year-old woman and not a relative, around noon on March 31, according to the report. Police were called to the hotel because an employee said those staying in the room were late for check out. Police were told those staying in the room may have overdosed.

Instead, the woman and the boy were found asleep and they were woke up by paramedics, the report said.

The School Resource Officer at Middletown Middle School was told the boy was no longer enrolled in Middletown and he was attending school in Kettering. The boy told police he attended school in Kettering, then returned to Middletown, but never re-enrolled in school.

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A representative from Butler County Children Services arrived at the hotel and determined the boy should be placed in foster care or other arrangements. The boy then threatened to harm himself, saying he didn’t want to be placed in foster care or go the hospital.

He was transported to Atrium Medical Center in Warren County and Warren County Children Services was called.

Police performed an “emergency removal” and the boy was placed with Warren County Children Services.

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