Allowing your kids to play on scooters outside the house on a quiet street seems innocent--and common--enough. But a Texas mom was arrested and spent the night in jail after a neighbor complained that the children were unsupervised.
The parent, Tammy Cooper, disputes the "humiliating" charge, saying she was watching the kids, ages 6 and 9, the whole time from a lawn chair.
But police took the neighbor at her word, and a few hours after the call, arrested Cooper for child endangerment. Cooper told KPRC that the arresting officer told her, "We're here for you."
The accused parent spent the night behind bars. "Orange jump suit, in a cell, slammed the door, for 18 hours," she said.
Cooper is suing the La Porte Police Department, the officer, and the neighbor who made the call. In a statement, the police department said it was "confident of the known actions of the officers on the scene that evening." The neighbor had no comment.
Originally posted by MrWendal
This is insane!!
First of all, when I was a kid I played outside unsupervised all the time. We did not even come home until Mom stepped outside and yelled at the top of her lungs for us to come home. She had no idea where we were or what we were doing, but she always knew we were close enough to hear her yell. There were even times when the only standing rule was, "Be home when the street lights come on".
Originally posted by hounddoghowlie
reply to post by ollncasino
when i was a kid, we'd leave the house and not see our mom all day long.
just better be home before dark.
we'd go up to ten miles away and do all kinds of stuff. of course there wasn't but about 30,000 people in the whole county at that time.
edit on 20-9-2012 by hounddoghowlie because: (no reason given)