Mom has son arrested for allegedly playing with present before Christmas

  1. Child Arrested After Opening Holiday Gift Early - Holidays - | KCRA

    I can't believe the police actually arrested the kid. Maybe a stern talking to about obeying his mother would be helpful. The mother wanted the child arrested, now this 12 year old has a record. 27 year old Mom, 12 year old child.

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    two threads containing same subject matter now merged.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 7, '06 : Reason: as above, threads merged.
  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    The police officer was was a gift FOR the boy. A gift is not a legal contract. Him opening it, was not a crime, and it's not larceny because it never left her house.

    I had received this earlier today from a police officer friend of mine (I have lived for the past several years about 20 miles from Rock Hill, SC), and she said he was probably going to be laughed out of the station and the courtroom.
  4. by   Indy
    What. The. Heck.

    Seriously, this mom has lost a few brain cells herself. Umm, if your kid is such a ... insert bad word here... then how about you don't buy him a flipping nintendo for christmas, for starters?!
  5. by   Batman24
    The first thing that came to mind when I read this article was that the mother was trying to dump the child as she plans on handing him over at the court hearing. I agree that this office and this case will be laughed out of the courts so I wonder if the mother will even be allowed to hand him over.

    Truth is as the poster above pointed out is that he didn't even break the law. Idiots.
  6. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Sounds to me like the apple didn't fall too far from that tree! :smackingf


    "I'm trying to get him some kind of help," the 27-year-old mother told the paper. "He's the type of kid who doesn't believe anything until it happens."
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Indy
    What. The. Heck.

    Seriously, this mom has lost a few brain cells herself. Umm, if your kid is such a ... insert bad word here... then how about you don't buy him a flipping nintendo for christmas, for starters?!
    Bingo! I sure as heck wouldn't have received any Christmas presents if I acted up during the entire month of December!
  8. by   AuntieRN
    You're kidding me right?? Only here in SC would such a thing happen. We let child rapist and domestic abusers/killers out with a slap on the hand...but we arrest a 12 yr old child for opening up his xmas gift early??....ok I am not going to say anything else...
  9. by   rn/writer
    12 yo kid. 27 yo mother. 63 yo GREAT-grandmother. That says a lot, all by itself.
  10. by   clee1
    This case is going nowhere....

    If the prosecutor doesn't decline to prosecute, the Judge will toss it right out.

    However, if the kid is really such a problem, it's a shame: a few years in jail now might keep him out of the penitentiary later.... where he is surely headed. Little wonder with a 27 y/o mom and a 63 y/o great-grandmother.
    Last edit by clee1 on Dec 5, '06
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    I dunno . . . I sympathize with her.

    "The mother told the Herald that she didn't know what else to do with her son, so she called police. . . . . She told the paper that she hopes this arrest will be a wake-up call for her son, because she worries about getting a call someday telling her he's been killed."

    "Punched a police officer" . . . "shoplifted" . .. ."stolen money" . . ."nearing expulsion" . . . .

    She needs help - I have to give her credit for not giving up. Maybe now someone will enroll her in some parenting classes. There is no dad there either - maybe some nice man can befriend this little family and help out. Maybe one of the cops. Maybe a Big Brother program.

    I've been up against a rock and a hard place before . . . sometimes drastic measures have to be taken.

    (Just a disclaimer here - I always carefully opened up my presents prior to Christmas and then carefully closed them up so no one would know . . .of course I hadn't punched a cop or shoplifted and I wasn't in danger of getting expelled from school).


    p.s. I doubt a "stern talking to" by the mom, as mentioned by another poster, would work. . . .
  12. by   JBudd
    Before we jump all over mom, look at the situation. Kid is 12, already lots of problems, Mom doesn't know what to do but doesn't want her kid to keep going down the wrong path. Wants him to learn consequences. This incident seems to me to be one of a long string of incidents, and is a final straw. Taking what does not belong to you is theft, lying about it, hiding it; Mom is asking for help. Cop gave her some.
  13. by   daisey_may
    I think there may be more to this story. I don't think the cop would have just charged any child who opened their presents early, like there may be history...but i could be wrong. Sounds like there are a lot of factors involved in this problem.

    Plus, did anyone look at the survey posted on the website next to the article as to whether or not you support the mom's decision?
    21825 votes (52%) support mom's decision
    20390 votes (48%) do not support mom's decision

    I thought that was interesting.
  14. by   emotional_she
    I agree. That seems like one ungrateful kid. I have 2 children and if they did half of what it says that kid did, I would go crazy! I probably wouldnt have him arrested for that but calling the cops to scare the crap out of him sounds like a good idea to me