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Boy violent over parent's refusal of toy

Angered because his mother bought him eyeglasses instead of the remote-control car she had promised him, a 13-year-old boy went on a violent rampage that ended in his arrest, authorities said Thursday.

Police said the child was turned over to Department of Juvenile Justice workers after he was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault.

He allegedly used a small, paring knife to punch holes into the ceiling and walls of the family home. Authorities say he tried to stab his mother with the same knife.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m. after the boy's mother explained to him that she could not buy a remote-control car she had promised him because she used that money to buy his eyeglasses.

That's when the 5-foot-tall, 98-pound youth became incensed, according to witnesses.

When Deputy Harold Martin arrived at the scene, he was taken into the boy's mother's bedroom where the boy was standing on a bed with his back against the wall, his arms crossed and his eyes closed.

Martin said the boy was holding the knife in his right hand, concealed under his left armpit. After several minutes of negotiation, Martin persuaded the boy to surrender and give him the knife.

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