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Worst Kid In New York: Mom of Boy, 10, Accused of Setting Fire To Store, Mugging Ederly Woman Says He’s A Good Kid

August 14, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Worst Kid In New York: Mom of Boy, 10, Accused of Setting Fire To Store, Mugging Ederly Woman Says He’s A Good Kid

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A 10-year-old boy from Brooklyn, who is accused of mugging a 67-year-old grandma and torching a local business is “a one-kid crime wave . . . a very troubled young individual,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said of the alleged prepubescent pyromaniac said Thursday.

The pint-sized perp, who’s yet to hit 5 feet tall, arrived Thursday for a Family Court hearing with his mother — who attacked a photographer, swinging her purse at him, as they left for home.

“My son is awesome. He’s a good kid,” the mother snapped before heading off. “You paint him like he’s all bad. He’s not.”

Neighbors disagreed, describing the tiny terror Thursday as “the worst kid in New York City.”

“If the system really knew about him, they’d think he was a terrorist,” said Michael Palmer of Brooklyn. “I’m scared to do the things he does, and I’m 40 years old.”

The grade-schooler was affiliated with the Stone Crips, a Brooklyn gang, and apparently set the blaze as part of his initiation, according to a police source. The accused preadolescent punk was charged with setting fire to merchandise inside a Deals discount store on Clarkson Ave., in East Flatbush, on Tuesday.

One day earlier, the youngster and an 11-year-old sidekick were busted for bashing an elderly Brooklyn woman in her face during a brazen purse-snatching in broad daylight. The duo was accompanied by a 4-year-old, cops said.

The preteens, both weighing in at 90 pounds, scuffled with the arresting officers as they were taken into custody. The 10-year-old, who lives with his family in a privately run Brooklyn homeless shelter, is now charged with assault, attempted robbery and arson, cops said.

The boy’s aunt echoed other relatives in defending the pee-wee perp, who’s the oldest of three kids. “He’s a good kid, he’s good in school, he’s just hanging out with the wrong people that’s doing the wrong things,” said Keisha Graham, 36. “We don’t care what they say about him, we know what kind of kid he is,” added Graham. “He didn’t do it. He told me another kid did it.”

Workers at the Deals store told a different tale, describing the boy as part of a gang responsible for smashing a window in a prior incident. “His mother was here (Wednesday) and she told the cops to ‘lock him up,’ ” one employee told the Daily News.

The mom of a 13-year-old accused of setting the fire along with the younger boy described the 10-year-old as the one responsible for the blaze. “I try to keep him out of trouble, but his friend did something bad and he followed,” the woman said.

“This is the first time my son has been in trouble. If they’re going to arrest (the 10-year-old), they’re going to arrest my son, too, because he was there.”

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