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Kid Busted for 'Swatting' Pranks is 12-Year-Old From 'incredibly dysfunctional' family

The juvenile suspect reportedly spends all his time at his computer (Photo by Vladyslav Starozhylov/Shutterstock)
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Tuesday, Los Angeles Police revealed they had determined the mastermind behind a series of "swatting" pranks targeted at celebs like Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher, and had made an arrest. Few details have been made public by the LAPD about the suspect, but leave it to TMZ to get some dirt on the kid in question.The juvenile suspect is a 12-year-old boy who "lives in California with his mother."

More about the suspect who made phony distress calls to authorities about serious situations at famous folks' homes:

He refuses to go to school and sits at his computer day and night, communicating with other hackers [... H]e is antisocial, preferring the keyboard to personal contact.

The sources who have given info to TMZ about the young suspect says the mother is rather hands-off (she has "virtually checked out," reports the site) and the family is described as being "incredibly dysfunctional."

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Reportedly, Children's Services has been to the family home several times. Currently, an effort is underway to get the child into a "stable foster environment," and authorities may opt to pursue counseling rather than seek confinement or punishment.

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