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Fayetteville Teen Who Received Kidney Transplant Arrested For Theft

Posted December 27, 2002 10:53 a.m. EST

— A Fayetteville teenager who made national headlines two years ago when he received a transplanted kidney from his science teacher is now in jail.

Michael Carter, 17, is charged with attempting to steal a forklift.

His mother says she is so upset with him that she has no intention of posting his $50,000 bail.

Police say an employee of Fayetteville Block Materials saw Carter and another teenager on the $40,000 forklift on Sunday and turned them in to police.

In April 2000, Jane Smith, then a teacher at R. Max Abbott Middle School, donated a kidney to Carter, who was born with renal disease.

Carter and Smith were featured in national publications and Smith received the National Kidney Foundation's Gift of Life medal in 2000.