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Criminalizing kid problems: New policy push questions how we handle, truancy, running away

By Eric Schulzke, Deseret News | Posted - Dec. 27, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.



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Looking back, it seems as if Rebecca Hedman never had a chance. Sexually abused as a toddler by her birth mother, she was adopted by foster parents. At 5 she was again sexually abused, this time by an adopted older brother. The boy was sent elsewhere, and the family tried to heal. But by 12 she was threatening to run away form her Tacoma, Wash., home.

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