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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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91.

BB not bb    

Ah everyone is overreatcting. I suppose there is going to be a war on little shy introverted kids now. Get a grip. Who didin't pull pranks at that age? Most kids have enough sense not to involve the police and SWAT teams, but they made prank phone calls all the time.


They still make prank phone calls as part of TV and radio shows. That seems to be one of the most popular formats. This kid just misjudged the consequences of involving law enforcement.

649 days ago
92.

1disgustedamerican    

Another Adam Lanza in the making! Sounds like the kid needs to FORCIBLY be put in an INSTITUTION equipped to handle his ANTI SOCIAL @SS!

649 days ago
93.

BB not bb    

People used to call up and ask "Is your refrigerator running?" and then the person would say yes, and they would say, "Then go catch it," and hang up. Stuff like that. Who didn't do that?


When Ashton Kutcher pretends that the SWAT team is after someone, he hires actors. That is the difference between being a star and being called a little criminal. It is the same sense of humor.

649 days ago
94.

Make monies    

"We're told he is antisocial, preferring the keyboard to personal contact."

Antisocial doesn't mean preferring not to socialize. It means behaviour that lacks consideration for others and may cause damage to the society, whether intentionally or through negligence.

649 days ago
95.

1disgustedamerican    

Another Adam Lanza in the making! Sounds like the kid needs to FORCIBLY be put in an INSTITUTION equipped to handle his ANTI SOCIAL @SS!

649 days ago
96.

sambo    

The. L.A county DA mustn't waste time untill a mischief is done by that strange boy before reacting. He should react right now before assisting a scene like that of Connecticut. "A stitch in time saves nine."

649 days ago
97.

mikeee    

all the people who comment on here are idiots. sure this kid doesnt want to go to school, sure he should get in trouble, but why is everyone jumping to the conclusion hes going to kill someone? for all we know YOUR kids will kill people someday. this kid is just a typical computer nerd, whats so violent about that? a little young and hey if all he did was a prank call then ill rather have that than him building a bomb.

649 days ago
98.

coolest LA Dude    

chage that little prick & send his ass to a Siberian labor camp where he'll get his ass kicked every day of the rest of his worthless life......

649 days ago
99.

lac    

"Zuckerberg-esque genius" Is Zuckerberg a genius or just a guy that came up with a good idea?

649 days ago
100.

acr    

How many times can you use "We're Told" in the same bit??

649 days ago
101.

Saby    

This little boy sounds like a fine candidate for institutionalization or lethal injection. Thats how we need to deal with these future sociopaths and psychopaths. 1 life taken could've saved 26 lives last week people. He's a drain on society every day otherwise

649 days ago
102.

Sienna    

So this kid will end up being the next Adam Lanza...just give it a few more years.

649 days ago
103.

laffnbear    

Mass murderer in the making?

649 days ago
104.

laffnbear    

If a 12 year old can refuse to go to school, this mother has no control. Today a kid can threaten to call DCYF and threaten to claim child abuse. The parent lost control 10 years ago.

649 days ago
105.

pam    

Ashton Kutcher got rich pranking people and now this kid is in trouble?

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