ATLANTA, GEORGIA – A 12-year-old girl who attended a summer program at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office that teaches youth how crime fighting works wasted no time putting the things she learned to good use.
Jessica Maple learned well enough to teach the pros.
Just as she attended a forensics class, someone burglarized the home of Jessica’s late, great-grandmother in Fitzgerald, Ga.
Jessica investigated, and found where the burglars broke in. The police had missed it.
She recounted the reaction she received from authorities for Channel 2’s Jeff Dore.
“Like, oh my gosh, how’d she find that?” Jessica said.
But that wasn’t all. Jessica and her mom went to a local pawn shop and found her great-grandmother’s property.
“We called the police station and the guy, the investigator, he was like, ‘Oh my gosh, how’d you find all the stuff here? I was coming here.’ And I was like, ‘I did your job again,’” said Jessica.
Jessica and her mom also learned that the pawn shop owner had copies of the IDs of the guys who sold the stuff.
And then, believe it or not, she and her mom drove to the guy’s house and confronted him.
“And he said he did it,” said Jessica.
“He confessed to you he did it?” asked Dore. “Yes, he confessed.”
At last check, police still haven’t made an arrest.
“The police still haven’t arrested them?” asked Dore.
“No, I don’t know what’s taking them so long,” said Jessica.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard started the junior district attorney program 13 years ago, and said this is a first.
“And we’re hoping that she will take that lesson through life, the things that she’s learned here as a junior DA,” said Howard.
Jessica told Dore that she might pursue a career in law, but that she has other aspirations too.