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Special Needs Boy Faces Felony Charges

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Grand Rapids-MI- It’s a story that has gotten national attention.

An 8-year-old with 'special needs' was detained by police in Michigan.

He faces felony charges after allegedly getting out of control in the back of a patrol car.

According to Fox's Darren Cunningham, the boy brought $50 dollars to the police station in hopes of making things right.

When Eddie Hart was asked what he was going to do with the money, he said," Replace the camera that I broke in the cop car."

On Wednesday, he and his family, paid a visit to the Allegan City Police Department to rectify the situation and to say, "Sorry."

According to the police report, Eddie ran away from the school on March 19th from the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center.

A school for children with special needs.

Eddie’s mother says he's been diagnosed with ADHD and has anger issues.

She says she wants him tested for other disabilities.

During the chase, a staff member caught up the boy at a party store a block away off of M-40.

The staff member held him until a police arrived.

School staff requested that the officer drive Eddie back to school.

The officer says Eddie assaulted him, cursed at him, and broke a camera in the back of the cruiser.

"He has special needs, he has anger issues, they know this, and they're going to throw him in the back of a cop car all by himself," said Eddie’s stepfather, Robert Bluhm.

The Mickey Mouse fan's feet can't even reach the floor.

He's already been charged with two felonies.

Malicious destruction of police property and resisting and obstructing.

As he waited to speak with the Chief of Police, he chit-chatted with his family.

"I'll probably be in jail by then."

When preparing on what to say, Eddie said,"I'm gonna buy it back. i'm gonna replace it."

The chief came out and the family went in for about 15 minutes.

"I asked him if maybe they could contact the prosecutor’s office and see if, ya know, maybe they could speak on his behalf. They say it's pretty much out of their hands at this point. They accepted the apology, they understand. They understand that he knows he done wrong," said Bluhm.

It’s a lesson, hopefully, learned for the 8-year- old.

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