Teens charged in Elwood fire, including mayor's son, will not be charged as adults

Boys currently on in-home detention

ELWOOD, Ind. - Four teens charged with setting fire to the State Plating building in Elwood will not face adult charges when they appear in court next week, WIBC reported.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said the 17, 14, and two 13-year-olds, including the son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold, will face juvenile charges.

Cummings did not seek a waiver into adult court.

"Given the ages, the lack of any sort of criminal history among and of the four, no one was injured, no one was displaced from employment, it was an empty factory and the damage was not that serious," Cummings said.

Cummings said the boys are no longer in custody.

"The judge released them from incarceration, so they're not even incarcerated now," he said. "So they're on in-home detention being supervised by their parents, all four of them, and that was a decision the judge made over our objection."

Cummings said he objected to their release and would have liked the boys to remain in the juvenile detention facility until the case was cleared up.

The Nov. 30 fire was battled by Elwood and area fire departments for three hours. Damage estimates have not been released.

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