A mom is speaking out after she was arrested for taking away her daughter’s cell phone as punishment for her bad behavior.
Jodie May had confiscated her 15-year-old daughter’s iPhone 6 after she got in trouble at school. Then, to the parent’s dismay, a police deputy knocked on her door and informed her that she was going to be placed under arrest for a misdemeanor charge of theft.
According to WOOD-TV, it was May’s ex-husband who claimed that he owned the phone. He filed a complaint that led to her being arrested and released on a $200 bond. However, shortly after the court proceedings began, it was determined that the phone did, in fact, belong to the daughter.
Despite the Ottawa County prosecutor subsequently dismissing the charges against the mother, May is still wanting answers as to why she was apprehended for simply disciplining her teenage child.
“I would like answers on why it got so far and how it got this far where this happened within my home. I’m disciplining my child, then I’m being the one handcuffed,” Jodie told WOOD.
May explained how she was nursing her 4-week-old baby when the police officer arrived at her door.
“He had told me that he was going to arrest me, and I asked him if I could turn myself in on that Monday by myself, that I had a new baby. She wasn’t taking the bottle yet,” she recalled.
However, prosecutors dispute the mother’s tale of events. They insisted that she did not tell responding officers that she had confiscated her daughter’s phone as a form of discipline — it was never mentioned in the police report. But May insists that she did explained it all very clearly to the police.
“I believe the prosecutor knew the whole time. It was an easy question to have answered,” she said. “I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter.”
The case was dismissed after it was confirmed that the phone belonged to the daughter and had been taken away due to the girl’s misbehavior.
“I think it’s ridiculous. I can’t believe my daughter and I had to be put through it,” May concluded. “But I’m happy with the outcome.”
The mother’s court-appointed attorney noted that she was not concerned about the case going any further, and was convinced that they would have won if the charges were ruled upon.
“We knew that this was parental discipline and we knew that it would come across that way,” attorney Jennifer Kuiper-Weise said.
She added that the case was “authorized on a probable cause basis,” and that unfortunately, “at times, there are misdemeanor cases that are not thoroughly vetted… Miss May was a victim of that.”