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Gift rage lands 16-year-old in jail

One could almost write a fractured fairy tale script to an unfortunate incident that played out in a Jamestown home on Christmas morning.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who received the worst gift of all?"

A 16-year-old youth landed in the city lockup after a Yuletide offering sent him into a rage. He hurled a humidifier across a room, breaking the device. He then smashed his hand into a large mirror, causing it to shatter into jagged pieces.

It was about 8 a.m., and the teen had just opened a gift that he didn't like, Jamestown police reported.

Officers were called to the home on Fairview Avenue. The boy was taken to WCA Hospital, where he was treated for a minor hand injury. He was later taken to the city jail, where he was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. The boy was released after his arrangement.

Police did not disclose whether officers had responded to any previous incidents at the address.

And law enforcement sources didn't divulge what type of gift sparked the outburst -- or whether the present came with a gift receipt for return privileges.

e-mail: bmeyer@buffnews.com

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