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Kid Suspected of Pulling Swatting Pranks Could Get Put in Foster Care

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A 12-year-old boy suspected of pulling a couple of high-profile "Swatting" pranks could be placed in foster care, and the court is poised to make a call on his case soon.The suspect, whose name has not been released because of his age, was taken into custody December 10, and was charged in February with two felony counts of computer intrusion and making fake bomb threats. His arraignment was postponed until today.

The minor is thought to be the mastermind behind the prank call that sent officers to actor Ashton Kutcher's home and one on October 10 regarding an emergency at a Wells Fargo Bank on Wilshire Boulevard.

The boy, who lives with his mother, has been described as being "antisocial." The suspect spends much of his time on the computer, and is said to have a highly dysfunctional family life. Reportedly, Children's Services has been to the family home several times. He has been staying at home with his mother since his release from custody.

One issue the court is considering is if there is adequate supervision at the minor's home, according to CBS2. "The boy could be placed in foster care or sent to live at a county camp because he cannot serve jail time due to his age."