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Prosecutors Want Buchanan County Teen Tried as Youthful Offender

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say a 14-year-old girl charged with attempted murder and other crimes should be tried as a youthful offender, a hybrid alternative to Iowa’s juvenile and adult court systems.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Buchanan County Attorney’s office has filed a motion to move the case out of the juvenile court system.

The girl is accused of using a cord to choke a staff member at Four Oaks, a facility on the state’s Mental Health Institute campus in Independence. Authorities say she pushed and punched Four Oaks employees and threatened them with scissors. One employee was treated at a hospital emergency room.

The girl also is charged with going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury.