A Florida teen detained close to the Canadian border on Friday claims he didn’t kill his grandmother, who was found deceased and buried in a shallow grave in the teen’s back yard. His mother agrees, and feels a “diabetic episode” may have caused an accident.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 15-year-old Logan Mott, a type 1 diabetic, was detained at the Canadian border after his grandmother, 53-year-old Kristin French, was found deceased in a shallow grave in her backyard in Neptune Beach, Fla. Mott, purportedly the last person to see French alive, was captured in her 2015 Dodge Dart around 7 p.m. near Buffalo, NY, at the Peace Bridge.
"I would ask the public not to rush to judgement until a full investigation has been conducted," Logan Mott's lawyer said. https://t.co/obwEl71iZF
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 27, 2017
Authorities detained the teen on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, but he hasn’t yet been charged for French’s death, something his attorney stressed on Monday.
“Logan adamantly denies being involved with his grandmother’s death,” Mott’s lawyer, Dominic Saraceno, told NY Daily News. “I would ask the public not to rush to judgement until a full investigation has been conducted.”
#LoganMott #KristinaFrench – The remains of Kristina French have been positively identified by the Medical Examiner. The investigation is active and ongoing. No further details are releasable. #JSO #JAX
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 27, 2017
Saraceno added that Mott had never previously been in any legal trouble.
“He adamantly denies any involvement in his grandmother’s death, and he’s very upset about it,” Saraceno told ABC. “My understanding is he has no history of crime, he’s a ninth-grade student, he’s a good student, he’s well liked by his classmates, and the only type of medication that he is on is for juvenile diabetes.”
Upon the teen’s arrest, his mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott, announced she was relieved that authorities found him safely. She said she didn’t think her son killed French.
“My instinct as a mother is that there was an accident, a diabetic episode, a natural cause and Logan psychologically broke and was terrified,” she told Action News Jax.
“His mom is understandably very concerned,” Saraceno added. “She does believe that he is not responsible, that he couldn’t be capable of that type of crime.”
A missing Florida teen was detained at the Canadian border on Friday after a woman, likely his grandmother, was found deceased in a shallow grave in her backyard.
CBS News reports that 15-year-old Logan Mott, of Neptune Beach, and his grandmother, Kristina French, 53, were reported missing after they failed to pick his father and his father’s girlfriend up from the airport on Wednesday. The couple later took an Uber back to their Neptune Beach home on Seagate Avenue, where they found it pillaged with several guns missing from the safe.
“The front door was wide open, and the house had been gone through and the weapons were missing,” the teen’s mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott, told News4Jax.
According to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office director Ron Lendvay, the Neptune Beach Police Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and determined that “possible criminal violence” occurred inside the home. Shortly after, detectives found a lifeless body buried in a shallow ditch in the back yard of the home. Although she hasn’t yet been positively identified, authorities said the victim’s description matched that of French.
#LoganMott is wanted for Auto Theft and is a person of interest in the death of #KristinaFrench. 2015 silver Dodge Dart with Florida tag DLLT42. Hair is like picture on left. Armed and dangerous. We believe he is in the NE USA. Seen yesterday in PA. Call 911 if you see him. pic.twitter.com/fcF0r1Gs3c
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 24, 2017
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert on Mott, while his mother said the teen was insulin-dependent and pleaded for his safety and return. Authorities noted that since guns were taken from the home, they considered the teen armed and dangerous.
On Friday, authorities detained Mott at the Canadian border after he tried to enter the country close to Buffalo, New York. During a Friday news conference, authorities announced that the teen was initially spotted close to Pennsylvania on Thursday, driving what appeared to be his grandmother’s Dodge Dart.
Police detained Mott on suspicion of driving a stolen car. He isn’t yet named as a suspect in his grandmother’s murder, although this could change after authorities make a positive identification on the victim’s body.
According to his mother, Mott was a Sandalwood High student and French was a therapist who worked with autistic children. Campbell-Mott claimed that her son had issues adjusting to a new school but she felt the problems were “normal teenage moments.”
“He’s had some problems over the last couple of years. It’s just been a tough time for him, transitioning from one school now to high school, and he’s in the early college program, and that’s really intense.”
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Logan Mott and Kristina French/Facebook]