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Old 11-20-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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3-yr-old boy's mom gets a $2,500 citation from a cop 'cuz the boy peed in the mom's front yard

Perhaps Don might've preferred the thread title to read "Never Call a Cop: Potty Training Edition."

A little overboard of the officer. I maybe think he was behind in his ticket quota for the month.


http://www.news9.com/story/20010769/...his-front-yard

I also kinda suspect this cop has never had a kid.
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Glad to see we are now protected from this most horrendous of crimes. I've woken up from nightmares of 3 year olds peeing on their parents private property.
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I would have thought the kid's mom called the cops herself!

My friend caught her daughter doing this. She ran outside, and said, "Hey! We are not camping!" Her daughter said, "Mommy! That grass was pretending it was a potty!"
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I would have thought the kid's mom called the cops herself!

My friend caught her daughter doing this. She ran outside, and said, "Hey! We are not camping!" Her daughter said, "Mommy! That grass was pretending it was a potty!"

hmmmmm ..... maybe I should change the thread title a little? (I hate thread titles that are in any way confusing.)
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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I wonder if this 3-year-old will get on the sex offendors list for this. That has happened to adults who did the same thing.
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By Tuesday, just two days after the incident, the Wardens were visited by police at their home again, but this time with an apology.

“Yesterday the police chief [Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein] stopped by and apologized and said that they were dropping the charges,” Warden said today. “We told him we appreciated him coming and for all his help. He didn’t have to come by the house. That was nice of him to do that.”
There's something else going on here, I'll wager.
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If you read the comments thread on the original report there is at least one posting that refers to the family concerned as being ' a problem family'. Could be a bit of vindictiveness by individuals who were happy to take the opportunity to cause trouble for the kid's folks.
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The officer has since been suspended and then fired.

Like robeiae, I think there's more to the story. One of the news accounts states the officer was parked at the top of their drive "because it's public property," or some wording like that. Watching.

Were I a betting man, I'd split it between 1. Nuisance complaints by neighbors now seeking a specific reason to cite and 2. Some kind of Petraeus-style personal vendetta and/or stalking.

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I wonder if this 3-year-old will get on the sex offendors list for this. That has happened to adults who did the same thing.
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I would have thought the kid's mom called the cops herself!

My friend caught her daughter doing this. She ran outside, and said, "Hey! We are not camping!" Her daughter said, "Mommy! That grass was pretending it was a potty!"
It can be really tricky to keep them from doing it too. I've had kids drop their pants in a matter of seconds. They finish peeing before I even make it across the playground.
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Thankfully the right thing was done in this case.

Kid across the street from us peed in the front yard all the time. We never cared.
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My nephew went through a phase of running outside naked any chance he got. Sis finally told him "If you go outside naked again the police will come and put you in jail because that's against the rules."

He stopped.

Not to derail but


I don't like that form of reprimand. It teaches kids to be afraid of the police.

At that age and even older, if the kid gets separated from their parents they might be too afraid to approach a police officer for help, thinking they could be in trouble. Leaving the child in a more vulnerable situation.


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