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Men face charges in runaway incident

Two Cedar Springs men have been charged for their part in abetting a runaway that was missing for four days earlier this month.

Mark Junior White, 20, who was living with his brother at the apartment where the teen was found, was arraigned last Wednesday, October 28, in Rockford’s 63rd District Court, on a one-year misdemeanor charge of harboring a runaway. He is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on December 11 at 9 a.m.

Cordeil Lea Boyce-Burden was also arraigned last Wednesday, October 28, on a 90-day misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on December 18 at 1:30 p.m.

According to Cedar Springs Police, the 13-year-old girl was reported missing on Saturday, October 17. On October 21, police found out the girl was in an apartment at the Meadowcreek Apartment complex on Oak Street. When police entered the apartment, the girl jumped out of the second-floor bedroom window. She was later caught, after leading police on a chase through the woods and swamp.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the apartment where the girl was found has been warned before about allowing young teens to hang out while skipping school. He also noted that in a separate incident, a young adult who allegedly stole alcohol from Family Fare also went from the store to that apartment. “That apartment has had its share of problems,” he noted.

Parent said that management at the apartment has also decided to take action and evict the occupants.

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One Response to “Men face charges in runaway incident”

  1. Dave says:

    Excellent to charge these people. Maybe it will make people think twice before pulling stunts like this.




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