updated 07/22/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/22/2010 AT 9:50 AM ET
On the Internet, Colton Harris-Moore cut a romantic figure as a daring and mysterious fugitive. In reality, throughout a turbulent and troubled youth, he appears to have lived a much less glamorous life.
The so-called “Barefoot Bandit,” 19, captured this month in the Bahamas, was often alone and hungry growing up in squalor in Camano Island, Wash., according to The New York Times. He reportedly stole food from neighbors, bullied classmates and clashed severely with his mother, Pam Kohler, with whom he had an explosive relationship.
By age 10, officials were investigating whether he was being mistreated by his mother. By 12, he had been diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder and intermittent explosive disorder. And by 15, he and his mother had been visited by child-protective services at least a dozen times.