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Penalty for unwrapping gifts early: Arrest (12-year old arrested for opening a Christmas gift early)
The Herald ^ | 12/05/06 | Monica Chen

Posted on 12/05/2006 5:54:06 PM PST by FreedomCalls

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. ...

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. ...

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

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldonline.com ...


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KEYWORDS: christmas; crime; parenting; police
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Oh. My. Gosh.
1 posted on 12/05/2006 5:54:12 PM PST by FreedomCalls
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To: FreedomCalls
On Monday night, the mother said she had her son arrested because she didn't know what else to do.

Arrest the mother for criminal stupidity.
2 posted on 12/05/2006 5:56:01 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: FreedomCalls

this happened in the united states?


3 posted on 12/05/2006 5:56:28 PM PST by oceanview
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To: FreedomCalls

Wow. So the Police have enough time to be parents to everyones children.


4 posted on 12/05/2006 5:56:39 PM PST by Always Right
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To: All

wow ... I would've gotten the chair. This is way too funny ... way to go lady!


5 posted on 12/05/2006 5:57:41 PM PST by DUH (Roll your eyes in the face of liberalism ... they hate it worse than an argument)
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To: FreedomCalls

Whatever happened to just smacking the snot out of the kid and making him return it to the store?


6 posted on 12/05/2006 5:57:59 PM PST by Terpin (Missing: One very clever and insightful tagline. Reward for safe return!)
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To: FreedomCalls

The mother in law calls the police, go figure.


7 posted on 12/05/2006 5:58:07 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: FreedomCalls
'twould seem there's a bit more to the story

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.

8 posted on 12/05/2006 5:58:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: FreedomCalls

I know what my mother would have done to me. She would given it to someone else, and I wouldn't have been able to sit down for a day or two.


9 posted on 12/05/2006 5:58:43 PM PST by gb63
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To: FreedomCalls

It's not his first arrest.


10 posted on 12/05/2006 5:59:26 PM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Kozak
Without reading the rest of the article, I guessed that she didn't know what else to do because there was no dad anywhere in sight. Then, before posting that thought, I decided to click on the link. And this was the next line:
She had the child when she was 15, the woman said, and has been a single mother struggling to earn a business degree.

11 posted on 12/05/2006 5:59:32 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: FreedomCalls

The cops should've told that mother to check herself into the nearest nuthouse and then got the heck outta there.


12 posted on 12/05/2006 5:59:42 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Kozak

27 year old mom with a 12 year old boy, pregnant at 15 and no father around.


13 posted on 12/05/2006 6:00:17 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: FreedomCalls

"...the mother said she had her son arrested because she didn't know what else to do."

Ok, I was expecting something like: "I had him arrested to teach him a lesson, or something parental-like." But, "...she didn't know what else to do?????"

May the Gods be merciful on the lunatics that are raising our young.


14 posted on 12/05/2006 6:00:32 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: Kozak
Arrest the mother for criminal stupidity.

Twenty seven years old with a twelve year old son. Seems you have the stupid part down cold. That's makes her 15 when she got knocked up. Babies raising babies. Couple more years the street will be raising him and the cycle can start all over again.

15 posted on 12/05/2006 6:00:56 PM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: Kozak

[Arrest the mother for criminal stupidity.]




Her lack of understanding of the proper raising of children is understandable considering she was 15 when her son was born.


But you're right, she seems just plain stupid.


16 posted on 12/05/2006 6:01:25 PM PST by spinestein (There is no pile of pennies so large that I won't throw two more on top.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Go ahead and laugh, but it starts with things like Christmas gifts but before you know it, it moves on to more hard core things like birthday, Father’s Day and anniversary gifts.


17 posted on 12/05/2006 6:04:05 PM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: digger48
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.

And she got him a Nintendo??

18 posted on 12/05/2006 6:05:39 PM PST by airborne (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Jesus is the reason for the season!!)
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To: FreedomCalls
My mom had this all down.... No names on presents, numbers only... she held the key. Packages were wrapped with Sunday comic paper and again with an outer wrap. Anyone caught peeking at presents would get the wrath of dad. Worked pretty good...
19 posted on 12/05/2006 6:06:15 PM PST by steveo (ADVERTISEMENT)
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To: oceanview
this happened in the united states?

South Carolina

20 posted on 12/05/2006 6:07:17 PM PST by tapatio
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To: oceanview

Rock Hill is in South Carolina.


21 posted on 12/05/2006 6:08:13 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: FreedomCalls

Thank God the police were using their tax payer funded time on duty in an important swat operation like this,wouldn't want them wasting their time arresting drug dealers,rapists,illegal immigrants and other unimportant stuff !!!


22 posted on 12/05/2006 6:09:26 PM PST by Obie Wan
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To: FreedomCalls

Reminds me of this case .... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7492902/?GT1=6428

Surprised the cops came out.


23 posted on 12/05/2006 6:09:37 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: oceanview

Actually, I think it happened in Massachusetts.


24 posted on 12/05/2006 6:11:00 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: airborne
And she got him a Nintendo??

That's the first thing I noticed also. Gee, I wonder why the kid doesn't listen to her? (eye roll)

25 posted on 12/05/2006 6:11:52 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: FreedomCalls

A Yuletide miracle of thoughtful parenting...


26 posted on 12/05/2006 6:14:12 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: FreedomCalls

Sounds like a mentally ill woman. How horrible to have such a mother.


27 posted on 12/05/2006 6:14:13 PM PST by Jane Austen
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To: digger48

What the heck was this family thinking when they decided to reward this little punk with a Nintendo! Idiots!


28 posted on 12/05/2006 6:19:41 PM PST by republican4ever (Israel's fate determines the fate of the world, whether we believe and like it or not.)
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To: digger48

What the heck was this family thinking when they decided to reward this little punk with a Nintendo! Idiots!


29 posted on 12/05/2006 6:19:45 PM PST by republican4ever (Israel's fate determines the fate of the world, whether we believe and like it or not.)
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To: FreedomCalls
For those pointing out her age of giving birth, I want to point out that many would be pointing out how girls in the same age range 13-15 would be doing the right thing not to have an abortion.

The self-righteous hypocrisy is thick in here today - especially when no one here knows what the circumstances of this pregnancy were.
30 posted on 12/05/2006 6:19:58 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: FreedomCalls
The boy's great-grandmother had specifically told him not to open his Nintendo Game Boy Advance.

Well I guess that boy took the name of this product a little too literally.

31 posted on 12/05/2006 6:21:53 PM PST by SamAdams76 (12 days away from outliving Billie Holiday)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
27 year old mom with a 12 year old boy, pregnant at 15 and no father around.

NBA groupie.

32 posted on 12/05/2006 6:27:19 PM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: Tribune7
Actually, I think it happened in Massachusetts.

Rock Hill, South Carolina.

33 posted on 12/05/2006 6:51:17 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

I stand corrected.


34 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:41 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Integrityrocks
Ok, I was expecting something like: "I had him arrested to teach him a lesson, or something parental-like." But, "...she didn't know what else to do?????"

To be fair, I did edit out this line for the excerpt: "She [his mother] hoped the arrest would be a wake-up call for him."

35 posted on 12/05/2006 6:53:49 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

27 and has a 12-year-old . . . no chaos in that house! No sirree.


36 posted on 12/05/2006 6:55:45 PM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Tribune7

When I saw "Lancaster" and "York County" I thought it was Pennsylvania. I wish the on-line newspapers would be more up-front about their locations. Sometimes it's hard to tell where the story is referring to.


37 posted on 12/05/2006 6:56:04 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: DUH; Terpin; Bacon Man

When Xena's Sibs and I were small thangs, my sister (three or four at the time) went missing on Christmas morning.

We found her asleep under the tree, wrapped up in the sheet Santa used to hide our presents under.

The kid was incorrigible.

The next year, a couple weeks before Christmas, without yet technically knowing how to read, she figured out which presents had her name on 'em, and unwrapped them with what she felt was great finesse. Unfortunately for her, her definition of "finesse" was to only tear off half the wrapping paper.


38 posted on 12/05/2006 7:00:20 PM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: digger48

Apparently no one has explained to this Mother of the Year candidate the concept of "negative attention."


39 posted on 12/05/2006 7:02:38 PM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: steveo

Dayum! Your mom could have given lessons to mine. With my terminally nosy little sister, the best Xena's Mom could do was take the presents over to my grandparents' and hide them in the back of my grandfather's closet.


40 posted on 12/05/2006 7:04:31 PM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: FreedomCalls; upchuck

S.C. ping


41 posted on 12/05/2006 7:33:50 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: FreedomCalls
I wish the on-line newspapers would be more up-front about their locations

Ditto that.

42 posted on 12/05/2006 8:27:28 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...
South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.
43 posted on 12/05/2006 10:25:47 PM PST by upchuck (Republicans didn`t lose this time around because they were conservative, but because they WEREN`T!)
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To: DUH

LOL!


44 posted on 12/05/2006 10:31:49 PM PST by Howlin (45 days to Destin!)
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To: unlearner
So, we'd rather a person in that situation not compound what she already did by adding murder... and that's hypocrisy, how? Are you saying we're secretly in favor of killing babies, or what, exactly?
45 posted on 12/05/2006 10:49:29 PM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: FreedomCalls; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Somehow, I'm not suprised that this happened in Rock Hill.


46 posted on 12/05/2006 11:10:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Sunni or later Shi'ite happens." --spokeshave)
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To: FreedomCalls
The great-grandmother should be embarrassed that this was only a Game Boy Advance which is ancient history for portable games. She should have bought a Nintendo DS Lite or Sony's PSP. Now that would have been a real present!
47 posted on 12/05/2006 11:32:21 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: Slings and Arrows

Crack down at Rock Hill


48 posted on 12/05/2006 11:34:30 PM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: Kozak
Arrest the mother for criminal stupidity.

I was thinking the same thing just now before I read the article. although if we had a law against stupidity, we might have to lock up almost all of Congress too.

49 posted on 12/05/2006 11:36:38 PM PST by darkangel82 (Everyone has the right to be an idiot, but on DU they abuse the privilege.)
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To: sully777

They were raising 'caine.

Any time something stupid happens in South Carolina, it seems to be in Rock Hill.


50 posted on 12/05/2006 11:44:52 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Sunni or later Shi'ite happens." --spokeshave)
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