A 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing his mother to death and who escaped from juvenile hall is back in custody.
Authorities took Ike Souzer, 15, peacefully into custody as he was walking into a McDonald's about six miles away from the juvenile hall he escaped from, officials said.
He escaped from a facility in Orange about midnight, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
The teen got out of a locked housing unit and made his way over an exterior barbed-wire fence, Braun said. Surveillance video indicated he was tending to his leg after getting over the fence, so authorities believe he cut it on the barbed wire, she said, adding that he was discovered missing at 12:11 a.m.
Probation officials do head counts every 15 minutes at the 434-bed coed institution, which houses juveniles -- typically between the ages of 12 and 18 -- being detained pending juvenile court hearings. The Probation Department runs the facility.
About five dozen personnel, including sheriff's deputies, district attorney's office investigators and probation officers, had been searching for the boy, who is accused of fatally stabbing his mother at their residence in the 11000 block of Gilbert Street in Garden Grove.
Before Barbara Scheuer-Souzer died at a hospital, she alleged that her son was the one who stabbed her. Officers found him at a shopping center a half-mile away from the crime scene shortly after his mortally wounded mother was found, police said.