msbunnicula, I think the mother's concerns are legitimate. Yes, if her son did indeed do these things, then there are serious issues there. However, if he didn't, I'd be mad to discover police forcefully induced the confessions. Though the boy may well have done this, he is still innocent till proven guilty.
(Is it that obvious that I just came out of my media law class?)
Q: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? A: 1001...one to change the bulb, 1000 to say it's already been done.