Texas mother jailed for the heinous crime of allowing her children to play outside

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Bob's Blotter
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The mother of two young children in Texas was jailed for 18 hours for the heinous and unforgivable crime of allowing her children to play outside of the house.

The children, ages 6 and 9, were playing in the front yard of the house next door.  Mom was watching them from a lawn chair in her own front yard.  A neighbor woman saw the crumb-snatchers and didn’t notice, or didn’t care to notice, their mom sitting there and called the cops.  The cops showed up and didn’t believe that mom had in fact been keeping and eye on her children, handcuffed her and hauled her to jail.

The mother, Tammy Cooper, is suing the neighbor, the arresting officer, and the La Porte, Texas PD.

I thought the cops in Texas had more sense than this Howie.

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5 Comments to “Texas mother jailed for the heinous crime of allowing her children to play outside”

  1. 1962 says:

    There was some heat when I had a discussion with you guys a while back about some stupid cops doing stupid crap. This is another of far too many examples.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/society-now-criminalizing-parents-that-allow-children-to-play-in-the-yard-what-is-the-world-coming-to.html

    • Centurion says:

      Ya ’62. Thank God C/O’s never do stoopid stuff like that, aye?.

      (There’s gotta be more to this).

  2. Tropia says:

    Even if the mom wasn’t supervising so what? Is there a law saying kids can’t play outside?

  3. Howie Katz says:

    Bob, thanks for putting me on the spot. La Porte is a small Houston suburb just down the road from where I live. On the surface it would look like the arresting cops were a couple of dickheads. But I wonder if there isn’t more to this story than meets the eye?

    • Bob Walsh says:

      You’re welcome Howie.

      You mean the paper might have reported something slightly inaccurately or at least incompletely. When was the last time that happened? I’ll notify the media. No, wait, that won’t work, will it?

      Seriously, it is hard to figure this one out. It would seem that the cops responded to a possibly well-meaning call and chose to believe the caller and not the kids mother. I seriously wonder if there are not some neighborhood politics going on here and they are using the semi-unsuspecting cops for leverage.

      I do know that, if this happened like the paper presented it there is something very strange going on in your little corner of the world.