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Mom arrested for letting kids play outside

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Thanks to YouTube, which has helped a video clip produced by a local T.V. station go viral, the nation is hearing the story of a mom who was arrested for letting her kids play outside.

The police officer who arrested Tammy Cooper said he received a call that her children were playing in the street unsupervised. Cooper said she was sitting in a chair on her porch a few feet away at the time.

After reviewing the details of the case, the Harris County District Attorney dropped the charges, but that didn’t prevent Cooper from spending a night in jail. And now, the La Porte mom is suing the police department.

According to KPRC, Cooper said her children, ages 9 and 6, were riding their motorized scooters in a cul-de-sac when the officer arrived. At that point, she was informed a neighbor had accused her of child endangerment.

Cooper said she was handcuffed, put in the back of a police car and forced to spend 18 hours behind bars. She said police also questioned her terrified children.

“My daughter had him (the police officer) around the leg saying ‘Please, please don’t take my mom to jail. Please, she didn’t do anything wrong,’” Cooper told KPRC. 

The La Porte Police department defended its officer in a statement.

“We are confident in the known actions of the responding officers,” the department wrote. “In addition, officers did contact the Harris County District Attorney’s Office while on the scene that evening, upon which their Office accepted charges of Abandoning a Child on Ms. Cooper.”

In the video clip above, KPRC can be seen reaching out to the neighbor who reported Cooper to police. The woman declined to comment.

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Replies (11-18):
offrdngal
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

 So, letting them play in the street is "endangerment"? Really?  Wow..I guess my parents (and all of the parents in my neighborhood) should have been arrested for letting us all play in the streets. 

At 9 years old and 6 years old (with mom watching them) they are old enough to know to get out of the street if a car comes.

Quoting atlmom2:

A street is a street.


Quoting sweettigeress:

They were in a cul de sac. 

Quoting atlmom2:

Why are her kids playing.in the street??



 

KelissaMaye
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Oh hush. Most of us played in the street as kids. Get over it.

Quoting atlmom2:


atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM
I am 50 and never played in the street.


Quoting KelissaMaye:

Oh hush. Most of us played in the street as kids. Get over it.



Quoting atlmom2:



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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM
It is legal to ride bikes on roads, adults and kids.


Quoting cav629:

We sit out front on our driveway with our neighbors and let our kids ride there bikes. They know to move when a car is coming and we are right there. This is stupid. If she was out there watching I see nothing wrong.

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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM
Who's fault is it if the kid plays in the street or runs in the street if a car hits them. Of course. Not the parents that allow it.
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Punkie74
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM
This is one I hope she wins if it's true she was watching them from the porch. There was no reason to arrest her.
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sweettigeress
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

True, cul de sacs hardly have any traffic though. 

Quoting atlmom2:

A street is a street.


Quoting sweettigeress:

They were in a cul de sac. 

Quoting atlmom2:

Why are her kids playing.in the street??




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Lizzys_mommy13
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

What the hell?! Kids play on their motorized toys or with some kind of sports crap in the streets all the time. Especially in cul-de-sacs! While playing on a busy road isn't a good idea, it sounds like they were in an area that isn't really all that busy and they were being supervised. 

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