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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:15 PM
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A mother was arrested, on the word of her neighbor, and held in a cell for 18 hours on a charge of not supervising her children who were playing on their scooters.

Charges were later dropped when it became clear that she had in fact, as she had informed the arresting officer, being sitting outside watching the children.


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.

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Kids are no longer allowed to play outside without adult supervision?

When I was a child I played outside without my mother a lot. My mother was never arrested.

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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:19 PM
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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.

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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:22 PM
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Probably nothing new in those rich uptight neighborhoods...



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:24 PM
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this is a case of" mind your own damn business", or at least ask questions first.


 
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:25 PM
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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".

It should not matter if she was outside with her kids or if she was not. They were playing right in front of their own home, and I would imagine a person as old as this neighbor is would have known that. The complaining neighbor is older than I am.. so if I can remember the time when kids played outside unsupervised (as I was one) than so she this women.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:27 PM
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That's just stupid! I live about an hour and 20 minutes from there and we have kids playing outside without parents all over the place around here. I think the Laporte police just were being jerks. Maybe they were being harassed by the neighbor that called it in, but that's no excuse. 9 and 6 are plenty old enough to play outside without constant adult supervision. Around those ages my kids were swamp tromping and bringing home squirrels and rabbits- already field dressed.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:33 PM
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Wow, this floors me...when I was 6 or 9 I was off god knows where building forts and climbing trees, riding my bike and god knows what else...so long as my parents knew where I was going and I was home before the street lights...it was all good in the hood...

I wouldn't doubt the goal of conditioning kids to being supervised at all times...once their used to it at a young age they won't question it when their an adult...when big brother or your parents (government) is supervising you while you are outside...

I can't say I'm surprised but that still doesn't make it any more comfortable to see coming true...



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:34 PM
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LOL I have to tell my mom about this.
We were out from dawn to dusk, or until the big bell rang. They had no idea where we were except that it better be within bell hearing distance, which was a long damn way.


What is wrong with people today?
The neighbor should be happy the kids were actually outside playing, instead of inside, playing video games, the computer or in front of the TV.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:34 PM
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We live in a paranoid society. The amount of information we get is no doubt the cause. 40 years ago or so my grandmother put it best. She said: Bad things have always happened. We just have television now so everybody thinks it is getting worse.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:35 PM
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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".


HA exactly my mom would yell to get me home for dinner or whatever as well...man she could yell too...

Nothing like that look you share with your friends when you hear your mom yelling...Nothing like the feeling of relief too when it wasn't your mom yelling...heh...

good times...



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:44 PM
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Tell ya what the real outrage here is....

This family has spent $7000 in legal fees... and this case was dismissed and tossed out of court. Can you imagine how much would have been spent had the case actually went to trial?



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:47 PM
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Originally posted by hounddoghowlie
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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.

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we could go as far and for as long as we wanted, as long as when it started to get dark we came back close enough to see the porch light. as soon as it was on we had to check in.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:55 PM
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I roamed far and wide when i was a kid in the 70s and 80s. It didn't matter how far as long as I could hear my dad whistle. I don't know how he whistled so loud- but dang it carried. It was how his dad called him and his brothers, too, i think.

To this day if I hear some one whistle like that, my back straightens up!



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:01 PM
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i hate lawsuits and anything like that but i think she should definiftly sue them, maybe not the neighbour but the cops who arrested her and the cop in charge that thought that was ok.
i know some kids are just too noisy but whats wrong with talking to the parents or asking the children to play less noisy instead of calling the police.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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even if the mom wasn't watching them the whole time, they were never unsupervised. the neighbor was obviously doing it...



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:19 PM
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We're all forgetting something here. Profit is made when they lock people up.


Same as everyone else is saying in this thread. BE HOME BEFORE ITS DARK was the rule. Amazing how far us kids could go in a day. I remember going to see friends in a town 12 miles away and being home again before it was dark, I was about 9 at the time.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:29 PM
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For the record, I don't think this mom did anything wrong to let her kids ride around on scooters outside; but
honestly, she kind of lucked out here.

If nosy-neighborette had decided to call local CPS, mom would have had no right to know her accuser, with little recourse to protest any charges. She probably wouldn't have spent the night in jail (k... maybe wouldn't), but she may have lost her children.

In my opinion, it sounds like the neighbor has an issue of some sort... Maybe with mom, or just doesn't like the noisy kids next door or something. I smell a petty, vendetta personally. Which, is all it takes to lose your kids these days.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:46 PM
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I hope she wins.

All the more power to her.

I'm tired of the people who want to make kids so safe they won't even let them play outside and have to impose their views on to everybody.

I wish they'd learn to STFU and MYOB.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:58 PM
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My mom is blind and my dad is dead. Would my mom have been in jail instantly in US? No problems here. Althought one friend of moms who is also blind almost had her kids taken into custody because they claimed she couldn't take care of them. That didn't happen after we raised our voices a little.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 07:29 PM
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What has happened to childhood in the US? Predators, gangs and busy bodies.

I feel sorry for today's kids.





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