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On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Ernest Coleman, 26 (DOB: 10/29/89), of Detroit, with kidnapping 13-year-old Deontae Mitchell, of Detroit. It is alleged that on May 31, 2016 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Coleman kidnapped Mitchell with others at a party store in the 15900 block of East Warren. No further information will be provided at this time because the homicide investigation regarding Mitchell's death is ongoing.

Prosecutor Worthy said "The alleged facts in this case explicitly show that the lives of some of Detroit's children continue to be less important than everything else - in this case a few dollars dropped from a pocket. May we all reexamine the worth of our children, and we in the criminal justice system will handle the senseless murder of Deontae."

The defendant was arraigned on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in 34th District Court in Romulus and received a one million dollar bond.

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