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Family: 7-year-old NYC boy handcuffed over $5

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Posted at 8:25 PM, Jan 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-30 20:25:00-05

NEW YORK (AP) — A 7-year-old New York City boy's family has filed a $250 million claim against police and the city after saying he was handcuffed and falsely accused of stealing $5 from another student after school.

His mother, Frances Mendez, tells the New York Post (http://bit.ly/VpGdY9 ) Wilson Reyes was "interrogated" for 10 hours on Dec. 4.

Family attorney Jack Yankowitz filed the claim. He says Wilson was handcuffed and held in a room at P.S. X114 in the Bronx for four hours, then taken to a precinct house. He allegedly was held there for six hours and charged with robbery.

The Post says the city dropped the charge Dec. 26. A spokesman declined to comment.

School officials say it occurred off school grounds. Police had no immediate comment.