My question involves juvenile law in the State of: California.
A group of children were riding in a taxi. The previous customer left their phone in the taxi. One of the children took the phone. The other children did not know that that child took the phone until they were already out of the taxi. When the children got angry at the other child for taking the phone, the child possibly tossed the phone.
The customer now knows who took the phone and is threatening to press charges against all of the children if they do not get their phone back. I was told that the police told one of the parents that all of the children will be in trouble and have charges against them because it is considered an accessory or accomplice to a crime even though the other children did not take it, did not know the child took it until it was too late, and had nothing to do with the child possibly tossing the phone. The other children can not return the phone if that child tossed the phone.
Can the other children be charged for what that child did?