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Mom Was Thrown In Jail For Taking Away Her Daughter’s Phone

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I'll admit that I wasn't always a perfect child, and my parents had to put me in my place once or twice.

Their first step usually involved taking something away from me - my TV time, video games, etc. - to show that I had lost some of my privileges for bad behavior.

No matter what your parenting style may be, we can all agree that's not exactly "tough love," it's a fairly reasonable and rational way to discipline your child.

So why in the world was a Michigan mother thrown in jail for taking away her daughter's phone? It's kind of a funny story....

"I can't believe I had to be put through it, my daughter had to be put through it, my family."

Jodie May from Hudsonville, Michigan heard that her 15-year-old daughter had been acting out at school.

As a punishment, she took the girl's phone away. It seemed like a reasonable punishment at the time, and May still stands by her choice.

"I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter," May said.

But to her surprise, May was thrown in jail a month later for a misdemeanor theft charge. To add insult to injury, the arrest came the day before Mother's Day.

After spending hours in a holding cell, May was released on a $200 bond to await her day in court, which finally arrived earlier this week.

Here's where the story takes another upsetting turn: May's "theft" was apparently reported by her ex-husband, who had given their daughter the iPhone 6 as a Christmas gift.

Prosecutors say May never cleared things up with them, and they believed she had stolen the phone from her ex. But May says that was never the case.

"I believe the prosecutor knew the whole time. It was an easy question to have answered," May said.

Despite the mixup, on Tuesday prosecutors were ready to add a new charge against May, larceny by conversion, which could have put her in jail for 93 days.

She was only saved a few minutes into her trial, when the prosecutors approached the bench and revealed what had really taken place to the judge. The case was dismissed soon after.

May’s court-appointed attorney, Jennifer Kuiper-Weise, said this was a case where the situation was not “thoroughly vetted, and unfortunately Miss May was a victim of that."

Thankfully, May left the courtroom on Tuesday without a criminal record, but this is not the end of her strange story by any stretch.

"I think it's ridiculous," May told reporters. "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."

While harsh discipline and online "kid shaming" sometimes goes viral, other parents have had run-ins with the law over seemingly normal behavior.

A neighbor called the police on an Illinois woman who let her eight-year-old daughter walk their dog within view of their apartment.

While both a criminal investigation and a Department of Child and Family Services investigation cleared Corey Widen of any wrongdoing, she called the whole experience "a crazy waste of resources."

[H/T: WOOD TV, ABC 13]

Have you ever taken something away from your child to discipline them?

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