Joyriding Boy, 7, Beat Up Grandma

Joyriding Boy, 7, Beat Up Grandma

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“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#1 May 15, 2008
LAKE PARK, Fla.-- A 7-year-old boy who took his grandmother's car on a joyride last month has been taken for a mental health evaluation after he allegedly beat her up inside a South Florida Wal-Mart, WPBF News 25 reported.

Latarian Milton told WPBF on April 28 that he took his grandmother's Dodge Durango on a joyride because he was mad at his mother and because he enjoyed doing "bad things."

"I wanted to do it because it's fun. It's fun to do bad things," Milton said. "I wanted to do hood-rat stuff for my friend."

Police said the boy and a friend drove several miles through Lake Park and Palm Beach Gardens on April 27 during rush hour before finally coming to a crashing halt.

Along the way, police said Milton ran over two mailboxes, hit two parked cars in a Costco parking lot and struck two moving cars near a Wal-Mart. Milton could have faced grand theft charges, but police said last week that they would not charge the boy.

Milton's grandmother, Vikkita Stratford, told WPBF that the 7-year-old took his mischievous activities to a new level Monday when she said he beat her up inside a Lake Park Wal-Mart.

According to Stratford, the problem began when Milton asked his grandmother for some chicken wings. When she refused, Milton walked over over to the counter and ordered them anyway.

Stratford said that when she confronted him about it, Milton just snapped.

"He just started hitting me -- just started hitting me in front of the whole Wal-Mart. Every one in there was upset," Stratford said.

Stratford told WPBF that Milton hit her stomach, legs and "wherever he could reach me."

Riviera Beach police picked up Milton from his home and took him to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation Monday afternoon, WPBF reported. The 7-year-old can be held for up to 72 hours while he is evaluated by mental health officials.

Stratford said that she believes Milton's problems are due to a bad atmosphere with his parents.

"I know what causes the behavior, cause all he's ever seen was his parents do physical and abusive and verbal things, and I don't want him to continue in this direction so I'm doing the best I can to get him the help," she told WPBF.

Stratford said that she is worried about what will happen once the 7-year-old is released from his evaluation. She also told WPBF that she is making sure that Milton won't have access to her rental car while her SUV is being repaired.

"When I first got the rental he said,'Oh, you know, let me take this for a spin," Stratford said. "So now I just sleep with the keys. I lock them up."

“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#2 May 15, 2008
Oops! Here is the link to the story--
http://www.wpbf.com/news/16255951/detail.html

“To each his own...”

Since: Oct 07

Fair Oaks

#3 May 15, 2008
Spank him.

“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#4 May 15, 2008
Another Parent wrote:
Spank him.
I think he really needs mental help, so I'm glad he's getting it. I feel sorry for his granny. What on Earth was his childhood like so far that he'd do stuff like this already? The grandmother said his parents were abusive. It must have been awful.
My daughter doesn't even turn on the television without asking me first, and she is a spoiled brat! lol

“Mean Gene”

Since: Jan 08

Sacramento

#5 May 15, 2008
Another Parent wrote:
Spank him.
I think they are WAY past spanking...he needs BOOT CAMP!

“To each his own...”

Since: Oct 07

Fair Oaks

#6 May 15, 2008
Julie_P wrote:
<quoted text>
I think he really needs mental help, so I'm glad he's getting it. I feel sorry for his granny. What on Earth was his childhood like so far that he'd do stuff like this already? The grandmother said his parents were abusive. It must have been awful.
My daughter doesn't even turn on the television without asking me first, and she is a spoiled brat! lol
Sorry, but with all of the spanking topics this past few days, I couldn't resist!

“To each his own...”

Since: Oct 07

Fair Oaks

#7 May 15, 2008
Tia Nina wrote:
<quoted text>
I think they are WAY past spanking...he needs BOOT CAMP!
I totally agree, the kid sounds like a punk at 7 years old. Wow.

GREAT JOB, PARENTS!

“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#8 May 15, 2008
Another Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry, but with all of the spanking topics this past few days, I couldn't resist!
He needs a spanking too, don't get me wrong! lol
Sac Girl

Woodland, CA

#9 May 15, 2008
Another Parent wrote:
Spank him.
LMAO!
TCB

Pleasanton, CA

#10 May 15, 2008
WHOOP HIS TAIL!

“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#11 May 16, 2008
TCB wrote:
WHOOP HIS TAIL!
He's pretty big for a 7-year-old. He might beat you up, too!
an on

Whitby, Canada

#12 May 16, 2008
cleanse us of this kid
Jah

Wroclaw, Poland

#13 May 16, 2008
Those of you advocating spanking this obviously mentally ill child are bad people. I feel sorry for your children as you are obviously too dumb to tell the difference between simple misbehavior and acting out. Behavior like this is a cry for help, and the grandma did the right thing. Hopefully they will refer him to a permanent therapist or case worker. Poor child and poor grandma.
h8mooncrickets

Dayton, OH

#15 May 16, 2008
7 is not too late for an abortion. Weed out the stupid Moon Cricket before we have to pay for his stay at the federal pen.
anons bud

Dayton, OH

#16 May 16, 2008
What exactly is a Moon Cricket?

“The *Real* Julie”

Since: Mar 08

Sacramento

#18 May 16, 2008
Jah wrote:
Those of you advocating spanking this obviously mentally ill child are bad people. I feel sorry for your children as you are obviously too dumb to tell the difference between simple misbehavior and acting out. Behavior like this is a cry for help, and the grandma did the right thing. Hopefully they will refer him to a permanent therapist or case worker. Poor child and poor grandma.
Considering your ISP address is from Poland, I will assume you are just here to insult us by way of proxy and ignore you.
Hokeez

Stone Mountain, GA

#21 May 16, 2008
good call Julie

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