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8-Year-Old Ordered to Court For $2 Overdue Book Fine

December 25, 1991

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ An 8-year-old boy who owes $2 in overdue library fines could face larceny charges if he doesn’t show up in court to give an explanation.

James DeFrancisco was among more than two dozen people the Wrentham library notified must appear in district court Monday in a crackdown on failure to return books. The $2 fine is the maximum the library imposes.

Patricia DeFrancisco, insists she returned the book her son borrowed, ″Stacy Says Goodbye,″ about six weeks ago.

″I was amazed when I received the notice,″ she said. ″I can’t believe the police have the time to pursue this, never mind the court system.″

Assistant Magistrate A. Ross Pini said James won’t go to jail, but even if the fine is paid, he may still have to file a larceny complaint unless the 8- year-old appears at the court hearing with an explanation.

″We want our property back so that others can use it,″ said head librarian Mary Tobichuk. ″When it gets to the point where people are being inconsiderate, we have to take some kind of action.″

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