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PARENTS LEAVE TEEN STUCK IN JAIL

A 14-year-old boy had to spend Christmas in a youth detention center instead of at home after his parents failed to show up at his court appearance.

Philip Pitcher Jr. was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after he admitted trespassing on a Troy fire escape moments before it collapsed and injured a school principal.

Family Court Judge Linda Griffin had planned to release the boy into his aunt's custody for Christmas. But neither parent showed up to grant permission.

Philip's mother was in Florida, and his father, the boy's legal guardian, left the courthouse abruptly for a tavern across the street, said Scott Colbert, Philip's court-appointed law guardian. Colbert said Philip Pitcher Sr. complained that he was disgusted with the attorneys, the court and the media.

Colbert said the teen's aunt hoped to take him home over Christmas. He had been living with her until Oct. 30, when he was charged with sabotaging the fire escape.

The Pitchers are scheduled for another court appearance Dec. 31.

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