Michigan Mom Takes Daughter’s Phone–Goes to Jail
When her daughter got into trouble at school, mom took the phone away as a disciplinary measure. Then, things went downhill fast.
As the parent of two, I'm familiar with having to result to some "tough love" occasionally to keep one kid or the other in line. Now, I'm not talking hard-core stuff--I mean revoking of privileges, grounding, maybe a good, strong chewing out at a raised volume.
So, I can't imagine how I'd feel if I went through what Grandville, Michigan mom Jodie May just had to endure.
After taking her misbehaving daughter's iPhone 6 because of the daughter's school trouble, Jodie was arrested for theft of the iPhone. Her ex-husband claimed the phone belonged to him, and that taking it from their daughter amounted to theft.
He filed a complaint with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, alleging his ex-wife stole the phone. That led to her arrest in May, though she was immediately released on a $200 bond. She faced a misdemeanor charge of larceny under $200, punishable by up to 93 days in jail. Just before her bench trial was to start Tuesday before Ottawa County District Judge Judy Mulder, prosecutors added a second charge over the same alleged phone theft: larceny by conversion, also punishable by up to 93 days.
So, that brings us to Tuesday of this week, when Jodie's bench trial was set to begin. For those like me who think that the arrest and possible jail time for someone who was trying to straighten out her kid is absolutely outrageous, this is when common sense began to make a comeback:
And, why was Jodie arrested and prosecuted to begin with? Lots of people are wondering about that: