Punishment or Theft: Mom charged for taking phone from daughter

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A Michigan mom said she was punishing her daughter when she took away her cellphone, a punishment she figured would get her point across.

On Tuesday, that mom was standing before a district judge, her disciplinary action labeled a crime. She was accused of stealing that phone and facing possible jail time.

“I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter,” said Jodie May of Grandville.

May said she took the iPhone 6 from her 15-year-old daughter in April after the girl got in trouble in school.

Her ex-husband, though, told police he owned the phone and claimed his ex-wife’s punishment was a crime. He filed a complaint with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, alleging his ex-wife stole the phone. That led to her arrest in May, though she was immediately released on a $200 bond. She faced a misdemeanor charge of larceny under $200, punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Just before her bench trial was to start Tuesday before Ottawa County District Judge Judy Mulder, prosecutors added a second charge over the same alleged phone theft: larceny by conversion, also punishable by up to 93 days.

Then, minutes later, before any witnesses were called, prosecutors approached the judge with a new story.

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