JPD identifies suspects in latest Miracle League vandalism

JPD identifies suspects in latest Miracle League vandalism

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say 8 children, ranging in age from 7 to 13, confessed to trashing a local ballpark's bathroom.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, a restroom at the Miracle League Park, 5000 S. Caraway, was vandalized.

According to the initial incident report, the vandals tore a diaper changing station from the wall and broke a sink.

Detectives Sgt. R.J. Smith and Mike McCanless learned that three girls and five boys played "varying roles in the vandalism," according to a news release from the Jonesboro Police Department.

During their interviews, detectives "obtained confessions that cover all the damages." However, they said "some of the statements conflicted."

McCanless added that while some of the children present did not damage or break items, "they encouraged such behavior and took other actions such as throwing toilet paper, putting water and soap on the floor, etc. that cost the city money to clean up."

The detectives estimated the vandals caused in excess of $600, with the total expected to rise with the cost of cleanup.

The case will be referred to the Craighead County Juvenile Court for disposition.

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