A teen who was hit by an angry mother with a piece of wood during an attempted kidnapping pleaded guilty in court.
Joel Miranda pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted kidnapping on Tuesday and was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. Charges of harassment and assault were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
The 17-year-old was arrested in August 2012 after police said he grabbed a 6-year-old girl playing in front of a friend's home on Southeast Lafayette Street.
The girl's mother was inside the home and heard the girl say, "mom."
Antoinette Robinson said she saw Miranda with his hands around her daughter's face and body, running away.
She was joined by neighbors in chasing down the suspect. Robinson said she hit him in the face and broke a piece of wood over his head.
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