Judge sets hearing date for teen accused of taking 3-year-old girl

A 14-year-old boy who led a 3-year-old girl out of a store this week will face a judge in 12 days.

Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc today ordered the boy to return to court June 24 at 8:30 a.m. for a hearing in his case.

The boy, who is facing a possible felony false-imprisonment charge, stood before the judge with his mother. He did not speak.

He and his family exited the court quietly after the boy's short appearance before the judge. They declined to speak with media that had assembled for the court appearance and left the Orange County Juvenile Justice Center in a caravan of three vehicles.

The boy is on court-ordered home detention until the June 24 hearing.

Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to a Burlington Coat Factory store in the 7500 block of West Colonial Drive about 5 p.m. Thursday when the girl's mother reported that someone had tried to kidnap the girl.

Store surveillance cameras showed the boy approaching the girl and walking out of the store with her trailing him. The footage shows the girl's mother running outside and then walking into the store with the girl. The boy and his mother follow.

The boy told deputies that he thought the girl was lost and told her he was going to help her find her mother. He said he had walked outside the store because he thought one of three women he saw outside might have been the girl's mother. Deputies said the boy said he walked back toward the store when the women did not respond to the presence of the child.

The girl's mother noticed the child was missing while standing near the cash register, the woman told deputies. After being informed that the girl had walked outside in the company of the boy, the woman ran outside, found the two and brought the girl back inside.

The Orlando Sentinel is not naming the boy because he is a minor.

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