If a minor were to be questioned by police about a crime that had been committed, do they need to have a gaurdian present?

If a person goes missing and a minor is beleived to have information pertaining to the whereabouts of said missing person, do they need to have a parent or gaurdian present if police wish to question them?

Bethlehem, PA -

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Robert C. Keller

Robert C. Keller

Criminal Defense Attorney - Havertown, PA
Answered

It doesn't sound like the minor child was a suspect in a crime so there is no specific requirement that a parent or guardian be present. If the child is under 14, the police are generally required to have a parent or guardian present before questioning the child.

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