Tammy Cooper, Texas Mom, Arrested For Letting Kids Play Outside Unsupervised
Huffington Post: Tammy Cooper, a stay-at-home mom who lives in La Porte, Texas, was arrested earlier this month after a neighbor reported her for allegedly letting her kids play outside on their motorized scooters unsupervised.
Cooper, who spent 18 hours in jail overnight, says she was watching her children, ages 6 and 9, from a lawn chair during the time of the incident. The family lives in a cul-de-sac, and Cooper told KPRC that the safe location was one of the reasons she had chosen to reside there.
When police showed up at Cooper’s home to arrest the mother for child endangerment, her kids protested. “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 the station.
The charges against Cooper were dropped, but she is now suing the City of La Porte Police Department, the arresting officer and her neighbor for damages.
According to GA Daily News, police took the neighbor at her word, and a few hours after the call, arrested Cooper for child endangerment. Cooper told KPRC that the arresting officer told her, “We’re here for you.”
Utter insanity. I played outside in the cul-de-sac all the time when I was a kid and survived just fine. Mom wanted us outside exercising any way.
I’d say this neighbor that complained has a little too much free time on his/her hands or a beef to grind with Ms. Cooper. If the neighbor was so concerned, why didn’t they just go over there and ask the mom what was going on? Madness…