Florida boy, 10, in jail for texting with guns

Boy, 10, jailed for three weeks for texting with guns

Florida’s Daniel Marquez was detained by a judge for 21 days last weekend (Images: Lee County Sheriff’s Office/MEGA)

A 10-year-old boy is being held in a detention center after sending a friend a text alleging handguns, which authorities believe are a threat to a school shooting.

Daniel Marquez, of Florida, was held by a judge for 21 days last weekend after being accused of making a written threat.

Authorities allege Daniel sent three messages suggesting he was planning a shooting at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, where he is a student.

But Douglas Molloy, Daniel’s attorney, insists the news, which was broadcast just four days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was taken out of context, the Daily Mail reports.

Daniel’s nightmare began when the father of the boy he sent messages to reported the messages to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, who then decided to unleash the full force of the law on the elementary school honor student.

Authorities say he sent a message that read “I bought this” along with a picture of four assault rifles, before sending another text that read “Get ready for water day.”

After Daniel’s arrest, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office released his name, a mugshot and footage of him being taken away by deputies, warning that “fake threats” have “real consequences.”

He is now being held at Collier County Juvenile Detention Center in Naples, about 55 miles from his home, DailyMail.com reports.

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Daniel’s nightmare began when the father of the boy he texted reported the texts to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department (Image: Lee County Sheriff’s Office / MEGA)

In a radio interview, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said his team “didn’t wait a second,” adding, “We investigate every threat as if it were real.”

“I did a campaign,” he said.

“Fake threat, real consequence.

“Although I understand that the boy is 10 years old, his brain is not yet fully developed. He’s a teenager.

“I have to tell you, ‘when a 10-year-old pulls the trigger, the effect is the same regardless of age,'” the sheriff explained.

10866761, Florida student, TEN, arrested for'texting threats of mass shooting at his elementary school' and taken away in handcuffs just five days after the deaths of 19 students and two teachers in Texas - UNMUZZED GRABS - https://www. facebook.com/sheriffleefl/videos/5th-grade-student-arrested-for-written-threatthis-students-behavior-is-sickening/1691144811233095/ - Lee County Sheriff's Office May 28 at 7:31 p.m.? 5th Grade Student Arrested for Written Threat ?This student's behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas? explained Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance. We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn't hesitate for a second? NOT A SECOND to investigate this threat.” On Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Lee County Sheriff's Office learned of a threatening text message sent by a fifth grade student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral. The School Threat Enforcement Team was notified immediately and began an analytical investigation. Due to the nature of the incident, the Juvenile Criminal Police Office took over the case. Detectives interviewed suspect Daniel Issac Marquez (born 10/01/2011) and developed a probable cause for his arrest. Daniel Isaac Marquez was charged with making a written threat to carry out a mass shooting.

Daniel’s attorney is fighting for his release and says the lyrics were taken out of context (Image: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

However, Mr Molloy, who is campaigning for Daniel’s release, insists the lyrics were a childish attempt at humour.

“Based on a review of what was provided to me, Daniel texted a friend and they went back and forth, a torrent of texts on a variety of subjects,” Molloy told DailyMail.com.

“And in it was what I can only call an attempt at humor – but fifth grade humor.

“He made an unfortunate reference to assault rifles, but only in jest, not in connection with any sort of attack on a school.”

Mr Molloy said the next conversation the couple had was “a little apart in time” and was about how excited the boy was for the Water Day celebrations, which mark the end of the school year.

“There was no clue connecting the two things. There should be something funny in there somewhere,’ he added.

“He didn’t directly say he was going to shoot a school.

“It draws a conclusion. There is more talk, back and forth about the Water Day and events.

“But nothing, absolutely nothing to do with shooting it up or referencing the guns.”

Dereck Marquez, Daniel’s father, was reportedly not allowed to accompany his son in the sheriff’s car when he was arrested and instead met his son at the police station.

He declined to speak to the media.

Mr Molloy said Daniel “cried all day” after his arrest.

“I have contacted the prosecutor’s office and we will discuss a possible release,” he added.

“My job is to get him out and give him his life back – so everyone in this 10-year-old’s life doesn’t see him differently forever.

“That people still see him as the honor student that he is — and that this was tragic collateral damage amid the cancer that is permeating American society at the time.”

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