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Justin, Ashton SWATTER

12 YEARS OLD!!!

12/19/2012 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The juvenile who was arrested for phoning in prank 911 calls -- claiming there was gun violence at the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher -- is only 12 years old ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the boy tell TMZ ... he lives in California with his mother.  He refuses to go to school and sits at his computer day and night, communicating with other hackers.  We're told he is antisocial, preferring the keyboard to personal contact.

Our sources say Children's Services has been to the boy's apartment multiple times, trying to stabilize the situation, to no avail.  We're told the mother has virtually checked out.  We're told the family is "incredibly dysfunctional."

Our sources say the boy is smart, but by no means a Zuckerberg-esque genius.  Still, he was able to evade cops for months.

We're told law enforcement is sympathetic and steps are afoot to remove the child from the home and place him in a stable foster environment.  We're also told authorities are inclined to get the boy counseling rather than mete out punishment -- i.e., place him on probation and if he completes his counseling program all charges will be dismissed.

It's pretty remarkable ... a 12 year old concocted incredible fake scenarios to fool cops ... telling them gun-toting Russian thugs had held people in Ashton's house hostage.

The L.A. County D.A. has yet to make a decision on charging the boy with crimes.

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YouDontSay    

Great. Mom has checked out. He is left on his own. The internet at his full disposal.He should be charged it will be expunged if he does not get in trouble after an adult. Tough love. Hope it is enough.

569 days ago
17.

Amy    

Watch this punk. Sounds familiar, make sure he can't get weapons.

569 days ago
18.

scoopie    

time to send junior to inpatient counseling before God forbid we end up with another school shooting, etc.

569 days ago
19.

Horndog    

"Sources connected to the boy tell TMZ ... he lives in California with his mother. He refuses to go to school and sits at his computer day and night, communicating with other hackers. We're told he is antisocial, preferring the keyboard to personal contact."

That sounds like TMZ (tm) poster Horndog. Wait, what?

569 days ago
20.

Mali    

Looks like we have another Mass Murderer in the making. Where are his parents?

569 days ago
21.

She's baaaack    

The parents should have to pay for the mobilization and the kid should have some intensive therapy because he sounds like another shooter-murderer in the making. Cage his ass.

569 days ago
22.

Phreaky    

By all means! Go as easy on him as possible and coddle him! So he gets that Hollywood mentality ingrained in his brain that he can get away with ANYTHING - so in a few years he can go on a shooting rampage.

569 days ago
23.

JP    

Future mass-murdering, assault rifle toting, school shooting, psychopath. But let`s be nice to him now-wouldn`t want to hurt his feelings.

569 days ago
24.

me    

He sounds exactly like the profile of the Newtown shooter.

569 days ago
25.

yepitsme    

Refuses to go to school? Ummm make him. My son is 12 and there's no way he'd tell me he's not going to school.

569 days ago
26.

MCSquared    

We're told this is really bad writing...We're told that is appears that a 10yo wrote this article (if you want to call it that)...Our sources say that this is boring...Our sources also say that TMZ is getting journalistically worse day by day...Of course, that is what we are told.

569 days ago
27.

It's Dave    

Let him slide so he can shoot up a bunch of kids at a school in a few years? Do society a favor and put the little rabid dog down now.

569 days ago
28.

UnboundZero    

best story EVER!!!

569 days ago
29.

Wow ...    

SMH at the parents. What the hell? If you can't help your child, take him/her to the authorities instead of "checking out" and permitting a child to raise himself. If this isn't the biggest cry for help ever, I don't know what is.

569 days ago
30.

stef    

Someone better do something fast, this wacko seems like he's well on his way to becoming the next Adam Lanza...and I say that in all seriousness.

569 days ago
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