Judge Orders 12-Year-Old Boy To Secure Detention


Daytona Beach, FL - Seventh Judicial Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger ordered 12-year-old Travis O'Brien to be held in secure detention for 21 days this morning (June 3). He found probable cause on a charge of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, along with other charges. O'Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson were involved in a shootout in Enterprise on Tuesday night. Jackson was shot and is reported in stable condition.

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O'Brien and Jackson ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (FUMCH), before breaking into the home where the shooting occurred. Director of Marketing and Communications at the home, Mark Cobia, said in a media statement that "as a result of this event, we will be placing a moratorium on our campus Emergency Shelter Care program for the next 30 days and then will cease to provide that service until such time if/when that we feel that we can do so in a safe manner for the children coming into care and simultaneously protect our staff who do a valiant job at caring for our children every day."

The statement went on to say, "The Emergency Shelter Care program is currently serving three children. At this juncture, the level of children being sent to us through Emergency Shelter care at times is beyond the scope of our capabilities to provide the care required and limits who we can serve as part of our mission."