A mum was arrested and charged after confiscating her daughter’s phone.
However, charges have been dropped for Jodie May, from Wisconsin, US, who took her 15-year-old daughter’s iPhone 6.
“I was just being a mum, a concerned parent, and disciplining my daughter,” Ms May told local news station 24 Hour News 8.
Ms May wound up in court when her ex-husband claimed that he owned the mobile phone and accused her of theft.
The man, whose name wasn’t published, filed a complaint with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in the US state of Michigan.
Ms May was arrested but was soon released on a $274 bond. She faced a misdemeanor charge of larceny under $274, which would bring months of jail time.
Another charge was added on Tuesday, before the trial started. The charge was larceny by conversion, which was also punishable with jail according to 24 Hour News 8.
However, Ms May caught a break when Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Matwiejczyk told the judge: “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.”
The true owner of the phone wasn’t her ex-husband, it was Ms May’s daughter.
“The mother defendant being the mother of the minor child, I believe that changes the case significantly,” Ms Matwiejczyk said.
“Therefore we’re requesting that the charges be dismissed.”
Ms Matwiejczyk did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.
“We knew this was parental discipline,” Ms May’s attorney, Jennifer Kuiper-Weise, told 24 Hour News 8.
“We knew that it would come across that way.”
She also called the case “not thoroughly vetted”.
Ms May held a stronger opinion about the situation.
“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,” she said.
“I’m very surprised, but I’m very happy with the outcome.