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By Charles Rabin, The Miami Herald

MIAMI — A nine-year-old Miami Gardens boy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and grand theft auto Tuesday, after stealing his mother’s car because he didn’t want to go to school.

Miami Gardens police spokesman Michael Wright said that before taking off with the car keys at about 8:15 Tuesday morning, the child threw a brick at his mother and grandmother.

“He took his mom’s keys,” Wright said. “He didn’t want to go to school today.”

The child’s name or school he attends was not known early Tuesday afternoon.

According to Wright, the child took the car, then drove around for about 45 minutes before pulling over when police caught up to him.

Asked if the child appeared to have learned to drive at such a young age, Wright said, “Surprisingly, yes.”

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