A mom in Hudsonville, Michigan, was charged with misdemeanor larceny for taking away her teen’s cell phone on May 12.
Jodie May told WOOD that she had a new baby at home when Ottawa County deputies came to arrest her:
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. He said it doesn’t work that way, it was a slow night, so he was out doing his list of warrants and he was scheduled to pick me up.
The deputy took May in handcuffs to jail where she said she stayed in a holding cell for two hours:
I was mortified, I was embarrassed. We just moved here last year. I was very embarrassed for myself and my kids and my family.
Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker told WOOD that the arresting deputy was doing his job.
May said she took an iPhone 6 from her 15-year-old daughter in April after the girl got in trouble in school:
I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter.
Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald Frantz claimed May never told the deputy that she had taken the phone to punish her daughter:
Clearly, if a parent takes away a child’s cell phone as a matter of reasonable parental discipline, not only would we not charge, but the police would not request a charge.
May said she did tell that to the original deputy.
May’s ex-husband, who reported the alleged theft, told deputies that he owned the phone, but May said her daughter owned it because it was a “Christmas present” from her ex-husband:
I believe the prosecutor knew the whole time. It was an easy question to have answered. She (the assistant prosecutor) could have asked my ex-husband, his wife, me.
I think this all could have been avoided if she would have dotted her i’s and crossed her t’s, she would have found the answers where everything could have been avoided.
Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Matwiejczyk told the judge during the trial on Sept. 18 that the phone belonged to the daughter:
I believe that changes the case significantly. Therefore we’re requesting that the charges be dismissed.
The charges were dropped, but May told WOOD that she wants to know how she was still put on trial:
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 the one being handcuffed.