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ST. PETERSBURG, January 22 (Itar-Tass) —— A criminal case has been opened over the death of a 15-year-old boy detained by the St. Petersburg police. The charge is the premeditated heavy physical damage that lead to death by negligence (part 4, article 11 of the Russian Criminal Code), the city department of the Russian Investigation Committee told Itar-Tass.
He said that the force used by the police patrol in the detention of the teenager might have been the cause of death.
The incident happened early on Sunday morning, the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region police department told Itar-Tass. According to the preliminary reports, the teenager attacked a 45-year-old woman near 12, Shotman Street in the Nevsky district, grabbed her bag and started running. The woman’s shouts caught attention of a police patrol, which captured the boy.
The boy was taken to the 75the police department. He felt unwell approximately ten minutes after the detention and died on an ambulance. The police alleged they did not put the boy into a cell due to his young age.