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4-year-old accidentally summoned for jury duty

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -

A Pennsylvania 4-year-old received a rather unusual letter in the mail-- a summons for jury duty.

"He's always been a very serious child, but I didn't think he was quite ready for that kind of a thing, there,” Damien Shrader's mom Desiree told WNEP.

It showed up this week in his great-grandmother's mailbox, ordering the preschooler to show up at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

His mother, Desiree Shrader, tells WNEP that she was shocked to see the letter. She's never been summoned for jury duty, and Damien has only ever gotten one other letter in the mail-- it was from Santa.

"I was curious to know how they got his information and decided that he needed to come and make some kind of decisions here,” said Shrader.

Damien's parents went to the courthouse Tuesday and explained their situation to administrators.

There were a few laughs and the little boy was granted a formal excuse, although a court administrator told WNEP that Damien would make "a fantastic juror" in about 15 years or so.

"They formally excused him because he has preschool that day. We also tried to make sure they don't request his two-year-old brother come either. We'd prefer to have them wait a little while for jury duty,” laughed Desiree Shrader.

The court administrator believes Damien’s name and information were mistakenly added to a list of potential jurors from tax documents his great-grandmother filed after buying him stocks.

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