Girl, 14, jailed with adults for 10 days

August 10, 2009 10:23:20 AM PDT
Police say a 14-year-old girl spent 10 days in a Dallas County jail alongside adult offenders after lying to officers about her age. The girl was arrested on shoplifting charges last month with a 13-year-old girl, who also spent nearly two weeks in jail with adults after telling Dallas police she was 17.

Jail records indicate the older girl spent 10 days in jail before her July 20 release. She told police her name was Patrice Washington, and that she was 20.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that the 14-year-old's true last name was revealed over the weekend when the younger girl told police her accomplice's identity. Investigators discovered Saturday that the 14-year-old had been in a Dallas County juvenile facility under her real name since Thursday.

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