No. 285 April Term, 1978, Appeal from Order of Commitment Entered September 21, 1977 by the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County, Juvenile Division, at No. 919-77-390
Richard A. Consiglio, Altoona, for appellant.
Frederick B. Gieg, Jr., Altoona, for appellee.
Jacobs, President Judge, and Hoffman, Cercone, Price, Van der Voort, Spaeth and Hester, JJ. Van der Voort, J., concurred in the result. Hoffman, J., did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case.
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Appellant, a juvenile, contends that he was unlawfully committed to a youth detention home solely because his mother was unable to pay restitution ordered in appellant's uncontested delinquency hearing. We agree, and therefore reverse the decision below and vacate the order committing appellant to the Youth Development Center of Loysville, Pennsylvania.
On September 21, 1977, the appellant and another juvenile appeared in Juvenile Court and admitted to various offenses. The hearing judge found appellant to be delinquent, and entered an order placing him on probation for two years. Further, appellant's mother was ordered to make restitution of $301.14. Lastly, it was directed that if appellant violated his probation, he would be committed for an indeterminate period of time to the Youth Development Center.
Whereupon, the transcript reveals that the following occurred:
"THE COURT: Do you understand the disposition, Carroll?
"STEVEN CARROLL: Yes, sir.
"THE COURT: Do either of you have any questions?