A controversy erupted after a New York City boy was handcuffed at a police station after a false theft allegation, his family says. (Courtesy NBC New York)

A controversy erupted after a New York City boy was handcuffed at a police station after a false theft allegation, his family says. (Courtesy NBC New York)

Family: 7-year-old NYC boy handcuffed over $5

A 7-year-old Bronx boy’s family says he was handcuffed after being falsely accused of stealing $5 from another student after school.

His mother, Frances Mendez, told the New York Post Wilson Reyes was “interrogated” by police for 10 hours on Dec. 4.

Family attorney Jack Yankowitz filed a $250 million claim against the city and the NYPD.

He said Wilson was handcuffed and held in a room at P.S. X114 in the Bronx for four hours, then transported to a police precinct. He allegedly was held there for six hours and charged with robbery.

The Post says the city dropped the charge Dec. 26. A spokesman declined to comment.

School officials say the incident occurred off school grounds. It referred inquiries to the NYPD.

Police had no immediate comment.

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