A mother of a teenage daughter was arrested in Michigan after taking her daughter’s cell phone away as a form of discipline. But now the courts have vindicated her actions.
The Ottawa County prosecutor dismissed the charges against the local woman on Tuesday. Now there are questions as to why she was arrested in the first place.
“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 May told a local news source.
The mother was nursing her 4-week-old baby the day before Mother’s Day when a deputy knocked on her door, telling her she’d be arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge.
“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 said.
Mays request wasn’t granted. She was arrested and taken to a holding cell before being released two hours later on a $200 bond.
May told the local news that she took her 15-year-old daughter’s iPhone 6 away in April after she got in trouble at school. However, Ron Frantz, the prosecutor, said the mom never told original deputies that she’d taken the phone away to punish her daughter. In fact, it was never mentioned in the original report. May maintains that she did tell the deputy up-front.
May’s ex-husband, who reported the alleged theft, told deputies that he owned the phone, but the mom says the phone was a Christmas gift from her ex-husband to her daughter.
“I believe the prosecutor knew the whole time. It was an easy question to have answered,” May said.
It just took a few short minutes into the trial before the assistant prosecutor announced it was, indeed, the daughter’s phone, so the case was dismissed and May left the courthouse with a clean record.