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US woman faced theft charges and time in prison for confiscating iPhone from 15-year-old daughter

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A mother from the midwestern state of Michigan had to stand before a judge on Tuesday (Sept 18), all because she took away her ’s cellphone as punishment to get her point across. But her disciplinary action was labeled a , after she was accused of stealing that phone.

Jodie May from the city of Grandville said that she took the iPhone 6 from her 15-year-old daughter in April after the girl got into trouble in . “I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter,” she said.

May was arrested in May after her ex-husband took exception to her discipline and filed a report claiming that the confiscated phone was his. Though she was immediately released on a $200 bond, May faced a misdemeanor charge of larceny, which is punishable with a fine of up to $200 and 93 days in jail.

Just before May’s was to start on Tuesday, prosecutors added a second charge over the same alleged phone theft charge, which was punishable by an additional 93 days in . Then minutes before any witnesses were were called, the prosecutors unexpectedly asked the judge to dismiss the case.

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turned out that the authorities had not done a thorough job in determining the phone belonged to, and it was established that it actually belonged to May’s daughter.

The prosecutor said: “The mother defendant being the mother of the minor child, I believe that changes the case significantly. Therefore we’re requesting that the charges be dismissed.”

May who left the courtroom without any criminal record said: “I think it’s ridiculous! 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.”

May’s -appointed attorney said that it was a case of parental discipline and asked why the charges were filed in the first place. She said that she was ready for a .

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