Some police concerned over law that prevents charging youth

Some Maryland police departments are expressing concerns over a new state law that prevents a child younger than 13 from being charged with certain crimes. The law precludes youth from being charged with crimes that involve assault, weapons violations and drugs, among other charges. Last year, children under the age of 13 in Anne Arundel County committed crimes that included illegal gun possession, assault, burglary and arson. No charges could be filed for the delinquent acts because of a new state law that took effect on June 1. Public opinion is mixed.