Constable Suspends Deputies in Missing Boy Case

Constable Victor Trevino has apologized to the family of a 13-year old boy for the way officers handled the case after the boy was reported missing. Trevino is also making changes to the way officers are trained in dealing with mentally ill patients. Bill Stamps has more.
The parents of thirteen-year-old Kenneth Miller say he got disoriented Monday afternoon after the bus dropped him off from school. Miller is bipolar and wound up spending the next few days on the streets even though a constable had picked him up and tried to help him.

The constable tried taking him to CPS and Adult Protective Services, but neither agency accepted him because they weren’t sure of his age. Trevino said the deputy should have kept trying.

"We had this young man in our custody and we did not do the right thing. And that was to get him to the appropriate facility or to reunite him with his loved ones."

The thirteen-year-old was eventually picked up by University of Houston police after someone complained about him loitering. Miller was being fingerprinted when he was recognized as the missing teenager.

Community activist Quanell X says there needs to be a more thorough investigation into the matter. In the meantime, two officers involved in the case are being suspended for two weeks without pay and one of them is being demoted from corporal to deputy.

"We don’t give up on a special needs or mentally challenged individual. Juvenile or grown up and that is one of the things that is going to be different and I will emphasize to everyone of my employees — civil and personnel"

Constable Trevino says in the future all precinct six personnel will receive additional training in handling the mentally ill.