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The family of a 15-year-old accused of attempted child abduction says he's innocent. The family of a 15-year-old accused of attempted child abduction says he's innocent.
SPRAGUE, Wash. -

Despite what county deputies and witnesses are claiming, the family of a 15-year-old accused of attempted child abduction says the teen is innocent.

James Stocker's grandson was arrested last month, three days after a man tried to run off with an infant in his arms. Court documents indicate the 15-year-old is linked to the crime not only by surveillance video, but also a photo lineup with the victim's siblings, and a religious book left at the scene of the crime.

But his family says media attention led to premature arrests, and they believe an innocent young man is behind bars.

"I don't believe he's getting a fair shake," Stocker said. "I'm worried he's going to get convicted. He's not guilty, and I believe that."

Authorities remain confident that surveillance footage shows the teen currently sitting in a juvenile detention center, but Stocker says when he watches the footage, he doesn't see his grandson.

"That's not him," Stocker said, as the video played on his tablet. "My grandson can't run, especially carrying a child. It's just not his deal to do that."

Stocker says the young man accused has maintained his innocence throughout. He says the family will likely have to wait until trial to have his concerns heard.

"I feel helpless," he said.

"I want to go out there and tell everybody, 'It's not him, it's not him.' What can I do?"

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