A Niagara County grand jury apparently has indicted a 15-year-old boy after hearing evidence in the abduction of a 4-year-old Leisure Acres girl and the attempted abductions of three young Town of Niagara girls.
News of the apparent indictment of James P. Summers of Leisure Acres came after a preliminary hearing on a burglary charge stemming from one of the abduction attempts was canceled Wednesday in Town of Niagara Court because of grand jury action.
Town Justice John P. Teixeira said the hearing was called off because Summers apparently has been indicted, taking the matter out of his jurisdiction.
First Assistant Niagara County District Attorney Timothy R. Lundquist said he could not comment because grand jury proceedings are secret.
Joseph Carosella, the boy's lawyer, said he also believed that the grand jury voted to indict his client because the preliminary hearing was called off.
"I think the grand jury voted to indict but apparently hasn't reported it to the judge," he said.
Carosella and John Mattio, another Niagara Falls lawyer, were retained this week by Summers' adoptive father, Robert Summers, to represent the teen-ager.
Until an indictment is filed, Carosella said he and Mattio will be gathering as much information about the case as they can, reviewing it and "trying to work out something that is best for all."
Carosella said he also wants to speak with the boy soon. Summers is being held in a juvenile detention facility in Rochester.
Summers was arrested Sept. 18 after his adoptive father and several neighbors became suspicious that the boy might be the person responsible for abducting a 4-year-old Leisure Acres girl from her mobile home Sept. 17.
They noted that the incident occurred just two weeks after the Summers family moved there from the Wildwood Acres housing development in the Town of Niagara where someone attempted to abduct three young girls in July and August.