Mom forced to appear in court for taking cellphone from 15-year-old daughter as punishment

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(PIX11) — A Michigan, U.S. mother had to appear in court after taking a cellphone away from her teenage daughter as a punishment.

Jodie May, of Grandville, Mich., appeared Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of larceny, WOOD-TV reported.

“I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter,” said May said.

She said she took the iPhone 6 from her 15-year-old daughter in April after the girl got in trouble in school, according to the TV station.

May’s ex-husband told police he owned the phone and claimed his ex-wife committed a crime by taking it away from her daughter.

It turned out that the girl owned the phone, not May’s ex-husband, and the charges against the mother were dismissed.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” May said. “I can’t believe I had to be put through it, my daughter had to be put through it, my family. I’m very surprised, but I’m very happy with the outcome.”

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2 comments

  1. Stupid charge! Daughter cannot really "own" anything in law unless she is 16; larceny is based on ownership, ie., "property belonging to on other. I bet it was her Mum who bought it for her, anyway. In a proper court she would have to wait until she is of age to have anyone charged for "her" phone

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    • The article clearly states that the father sued the mother because he bought the cellphone. Ownership was transferred to the daughter when the father gave her the phone. The phone belonged to the daughter so the father is not allowed to sue the mother for confiscating the daughters property.

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