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Thanks for your question. A 17 year old would not be considered an adult in North Carolina and would be considered a reportable runaway. They could be returned to the parent. The parent would have liability for the actions of the child. If you have a child that has runaway it would be in your interest to report them as a runaway in the vent they cause harm or damage to others it might help the parent to limit their liability as they have reported the matter to the authorities. Here is more information on the subject for your reference..
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