WATERVILLE – A Fairfield teen was placed on house arrest Tuesday afternoon while he waits for his juvenile court hearing on three counts of manslaughter.
The charges came four months after the Feb. 9 car crash in Clinton that left three of the car’s passengers dead.
Since his arrest, 17-year-old Timothy Silva of Fairfield has been at the Maine juvenile detention center in South Portland.
During Tuesday’s detention hearing, Clinton Police Chief Stanley Bell testified that Silva took his mother’s car keys around 2:30 a.m. and drove around for several hours before hitting an ice patch and crashing into a tree.
Emily Baker, 14, her 12-year-old sister, Ashlin Baker and 15-year-old Thomas Porfirio were killed in the accident.
District Court Judge Charles Dow ordered Silva’s release from state custody.
“For all involved, I dearly wish it were within the power of the court to order that all of the children involved in this case return home. And certainly, that’s well beyond the power of this court,” Dow said.
During his testimony, Bell stated a few days after the triple fatal accident, Silva posted on social media that he had the car keys and wondered if anybody wanted to go for a ride with him.
Bell said Silva posted that he would try not to crash.
When asked whether he admitted to or denied the charges, Silva said he denied.
No date has yet been set for the juvenile hearing to determine whether the court believes Silva bears responsibility for the deadly accident.
If the juvenile court finds Silva responsible, he could be sent to the Maine youth center until his 21st birthday.