Jodie May was very disappointed when her 15-year-old daughter got in trouble at school. So the mom from Grandville, Michigan, took away her daughter’s iPhone 6 as a form of punishment.
She hoped confiscating the phone would get her point across and teach her teenage daughter a lesson. “I was just being a mom, a concerned parent, and disciplining my daughter,” she said.
Seems pretty reasonable, right?
Well, you can imagine Jodie’s surprise when, a few weeks later, cops showed up at her home to arrest her.
As it turned out, Jodie’s ex-husband had called the police and reportedly claimed that he owned the phone, Jodie unrightfully stole it, and the punishment against their daughter was actually a crime.
According to WoodTV, “She faced a misdemeanor charge of larceny under $200, punishable by up to 93 days in jail.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a case like this. In September 2013, Ronald Jackson took away his 12-year-old daughter’s phone as a form of punishment. But when the girl’s mother heard about it, she called the police and had him arrested.
During Jodie’s trial, her lawyers presented a totally different story to the judge — and it made all the difference for the baffled mom.