While a lot of parents have complete control over how much time their children spend on their smart phones, it looks like this parent received a harsh penalty for it. There’s a new report that says a mother was thrown into jail for taking her daughter’s iPhone away from her. Even though Jodie May was she was immediately freed on bond, she faced up to 93 days in jail for something she thought was just making her a good mom.
Jodie May reprimanded her daughter by taking her phone away after an incident that had occurred at school. As a punishment, she took her 15-year-old daughter’s iPhone away from her. The girl went on to complain to her father – Jodie’s ex-husband – who took action against her almost immediately.
According to Fox 2 Detroit, Jodie’s ex-husband told police he owned the phone and claimed his ex-wife’s punishment was a crime. He filed a complaint with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, alleging his ex-wife stole the phone.
“I’ve had an opportunity to discuss this case with the victim in this case, or at least the person we believed owned the property,” Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Matwiejczyk told the judge.
But what saved the mother from actually spending any time behind bars was an overlooked but very important technicality: who the actual owner of the phone was. Before any witnesses were called, prosecutors approached the judge with a new story after talking with the person they believed owned the phone. It turns out, she said, the ex-husband didn’t own the phone after all. The daughter did.
For her part, Mary says that she’s happy to have the entire ordeal behind her.
"I think it's ridiculous," Jody 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."
There’s no word on whether or not the young girl is still in possession of her phone or if she even has WiFi service at home now, given everything that her mother had to go through. Here’s hoping everyone has learned their lesson, though.