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leed
12-07-2006, 08:24 PM
Penalty for unwrapping gifts early: Arrest
After boy, 12, hides his Game Boy, his mom calls police
By Monica Chen The Herald - Updated 12/05/06 - 12:50 AM

A mother convinced Rock Hill police to arrest her 12-year-old son after he unwrapped a Christmas present early.

The boy's great-grandmother had specifically told him not to open his Nintendo Game Boy Advance, which she had wrapped and placed beneath the Christmas tree, according to a police report.

But on Sunday morning, she found the box of the popular handheld game console unwrapped and opened. When the boy's 27-year-old mother heard about the opened gift, she called police.

"He took it without permission. He wanted it. He just took it," said the 63-year-old great-grandmother.

Both the great-grandmother and the mother asked the boy on Sunday where the present was. The boy replied he didn't know.

When the mother threatened to call the police, the boy went into his room and got the Game Boy, the report stated. She called the police anyway.

Two Rock Hill police officers responded to the home and charged the boy with petty larceny. He was charged as a juvenile and released the same day, said police spokesman Lt. Jerry Waldrop, who added the boy was never held at the jail.

"We wouldn't hold a 12-year-old," he said.

The Herald is not identifying the boy or his mother and great-grandmother because of his age.

On Monday night, the mother said she had her son arrested because she didn't know what else to do.

She had the child when she was 15, the woman said, and has been a single mother struggling to earn a business degree.

She said the boy likes attention and has a history of bad behavior. He has shoplifted from stores and stolen money from her, she said. The boy has also been inching toward expulsion from school, she added, and even punched a police officer last month. He was arrested for disorderly conduct in that incident.

She hoped the arrest would be a wake-up call for him. She dreads getting a phone call someday reporting he's been killed.

The boy "showed no remorse" when the police came, the mother said.

"I'm trying to get him some kind of help," she said. "He's the type of kid who doesn't believe anything until it happens."

Waldrop said the women were seeking help with a problem child. "He is a disruptive, disorderly kid."

Waldrop said he trusted the two responding officers to exercise discretion when deciding whether to arrest the youngster.

"In a case like this, if the parents and grandparents are adamant about it and they feel the child has a serious problem, I can't second-guess what the officers did," Waldrop said.

The mother told police officers that she would have the boy placed with the state Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia at his court appearance.

Waldrop said he was not aware if Rock Hill police have ever arrested a child for unwrapping Christmas presents early.

"Yeah, it's strange," he said of the case.

The Report (Police Report, PDF Format):
http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/early_gift_charge_120506.pdf

And The Original Article:
http://www.heraldonline.com/109/story/9901.html

UKwithPride
12-07-2006, 08:34 PM
Rofl, that's kind of funny actually. I was thinking they were Jerks at first but then I read how he was troubled.

thechubbss12
12-08-2006, 04:49 AM
ROFL he got owend...

albertjackson99
12-08-2006, 07:57 AM
Interesting that noone seems concerned that our tax-paid services are being exploited in-leiu of competent parenting. I guess it's a good thing that there weren't any real crimes heppening to distract these officers from their state appointed parenting duties.

Moe
12-08-2006, 08:10 AM
That is absolutely ridiculous, and that mother should not have a child. All this is teaching the child is that the police are the punishers, not the parents. This kid will very likely now grow up with an "i hate cops" attitude because of this incident.

08Lud08
12-08-2006, 12:10 PM
thats really sad that she cant handle her own child and has to call the cops.

bomberpilot07
12-08-2006, 12:19 PM
thats just ghey....


but funny

Hob Hayward
12-08-2006, 01:37 PM
LoL I saw that too, pretty hilarious, he deserved it though :P.

MadMan66
12-08-2006, 02:22 PM
it sounds like that kid needs a good spanking! spare the rod, spoil the child.

silentpaintballfreak
12-09-2006, 04:23 PM
he definatley needs one. leather belt. bare but

DRAGON
12-09-2006, 06:56 PM
Sounds more to me a male kid being raised by 2 women w/o a father. Police involvement was ridiculous and so was the write up biased toward sympathy for the mother. I say it isn't the kids fault his mother threw him into the world w/o a father. It also sounds as though a lack of dicipline is finally catching up to this single mom. Now it's the kid, not the 'rent. All I'm gonna say about that one -