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Friday, 29 January 2016

Dad arrested for taking daughter’s phone as punishment

When Ronald Jackson found a text he thought was rude and inappropriate on his then-12-year-old daughter’s phone in September 2013, he took the cell away. But the child’s mother, Michelle Steppe, got mad at his action and she called the police.

 
WFAA reported that the 36-year-old, who hails from Grande Prairie, Texas, had been charged with theft of property of at least $50 but under $500 after confiscating his daughter’s iPhone 4 when he found an inappropriate text in September 2013.

Shortly thereafter, Jackson recieved a citation for the “theft,” a Class C misdemeanor. Jackson was then offered a plea deal in January 2014 if he returned the phone, attained legal representation, and requested a jury trial.
That’s when the city attorney’s office refiled the case with a harsher offense, a Class B misdemeanor, punishable to up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
After a warrant was placed on him, Jackson was arrested and taken into custody in April 2015, but managed to post the $1,500 bail to avoid incarceration during his trial.
Eventually, the judge ordered for Jackson to be found not guilty, citing insufficient evidence to continue the case.
Jackson described the ordeal to CBSDFW:
“I was being a parent. You know, a child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right. You tell them what they did wrong and you give them a punishment to show that they shouldn’t be doing that.”
The teen’s mother, Michelle Steppe, told the court on Monday that she called police the day that Jackson took the phone, and that they went to Jackson’s home and asked for the iPhone back, but Jackson refused.
Jackson defended his actions to WFFA:
“At that point, I decided the police don’t interfere with my ability to parent my daughter.”
But Steppe felt she was justified, as she told WFAA:
“You can’t take someone’s property, regardless if you’re a parent or not.”
Jackson reportedly was not a part of his daughter’s life until she was seven years old, but following the incident, he told CBSDFW that he “can’t ever have a relationship with them again.”
He was offered a plea deal in January 2014 if he would return the phone. Instead, Jackson hired an attorney and requested a jury trial.
The case moved to Dallas County and, unbeknownst to Jackson, a warrant was issued for his arrest. The police showed up at his door around 2 a.m. in April 2015, and Jackson was handcuffed and taken to jail.
“It made no sense to me for them to show up and make a big deal out of something that was a small thing,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t believe they would go to this extent for a cellphone. It didn’t seem right.” He posted $1,500 bail and was released after a night in jail.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” John Cook, one of Jackson’s defense attorneys, told KHOU Wednesday. “You would think we were on the Jerry Springer Show.”
After just a two-day trial in which Jackson’s daughter, now 15, testified Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty, citing insufficient evidence to prove a theft charge.
Steppe disagrees with the verdict. “Even if you purchase something with your own money and have a receipt, it’s not yours,” she said. “Someone can take it from you.”
He is now filing a Federal complaint of civil rights violation due to the way he was treated by police and the city attorney’s office. WFAA reports that Michelle Steppe’s fiance is an officer with the Grande Prairie police force.

127 comments:

Maureen Mordi said...

Oyinbo pippo na wah.

Point And Kill said...

Seen... .

anita gold said...

Hmm!

anita gold said...

Hmm!

angela akadakpo said...

Make dem cum Nigeria oooo dem go arrest so many parents gan chia d whites dy craze o.

samson adele said...

Na wa oooo nothing we knw go hear for dis world!!!

Swerve said...

Troubles from a pained ex.

Frank Odigie said...

Chaiiiii...., only in America

SHERIFAT OMOLOLA said...

is the mother alright at all? come to nigeria to learn

STERN said...

SO STUPID OF THEM. It's his daughter for Christ sake!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Imagine the nonsense! Linda take note!

Aze James said...

Evryday I Thnk god say I no b white, I for don kill all ma children who knws, just tinking shaa, even ma 30yr old pikin no fit try dis nonsense

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Thunder fire her mama....na she dey spoil the pikin....if I hear...anyway that shit can't happen in 9ja shaa....I trust 9ja for that one...say who die...
















~Make I go drink one bottle of beer~

PerfectKid said...

Enter your comment...hmmmm

tosisochukwu said...

Arrant nonsense! For my daughter? Kai dey can try this in 9ja







































































































































































































!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

Johnlyn Enyinna said...

Hmmmm. Wonders shall never end. Make dem try dat 1 for naija first. Instead of d father, dem go carry d mum wey go report.

Johnlyn Enyinna said...

Hmmmm. Wonders shall never end. Make dem try dat 1 for naija first. Instead of d father, dem go carry d mum wey go report.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? I have always said the liberty given in some nations is unbelievable. A 12 year old has no property except that his or her parents give them. Very soon kids would get their parents arrested for grounding them or offering advise...Just unbelievable

rasaq tech said...

This white mumu ehn, arresting the father of your child for discharging his parental duty on your 12 years old daughter. This is fucking disgusting. There must be a part missing.

Nwaka Uche said...

Valentineboy
...aka.. Lindaikeji'son said


but this is a family
issue na

UGWU PHILEMON said...

This is unbelievable. This human right wil kill person oneday.jst imagine arresting ur dad cause is teaching u morals. I hope this mom dosen't destroy her daughters life by teaching her nonsense. Oyibo with over sabi attitude.phew.

OMIDAN ABBY said...

Mtscheww...
This western way of life is just shitty!

emmanuel ugorji said...

Well, this can't happen in Nigeria. But the father's punishment is fair enough

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Things we won't see in 9ja.

Achi Izuegbunem said...

Only for western world na Him all these kind Iranu dey happen...

Paul Ocheke said...

Arrested? hmmmm, try that in 9ja... Double your hustle.

loveth ugwu said...

This rubbish white people tho 💯 lol.

Olaaliu said...

Ehn!!!..for AJEGUNLE.. That pinkin don die oo

Isaac Grace said...

Oyibo and there way of life... *linda see me *

Anonymous said...

The devil lives in the bitch of a woman.
American woman!, stay away from me.

i'm not your friend said...

When will this happen in Nigeria na

Sure Boss said...

Women are the biggest problem we have in this world, what a useless mother and stupid daughter. Naija will soon start seeing cases like this too ,

temple amadi said...

If I say wats really from the dept of my heart, i'll probably get a lot of hate comments against me here..! buh this kind of rubbish only happen in white countries!

Ohalete O said...

Nawa o this case dey upside down

Anonymous said...

Crazy stuff....now they will be crying about paedophiles and child pornography, when they can't even discipline a 12 year old child....

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Two wrong pple parenting





LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

Lanzo M said...

Damn! This case just pissed me off so much, u dare not try this in naija sha. This too much rights in the U.S is juz so annoying

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Wawu! They should come and try it in Nigeria na, I started using a phone when I got admission to the University.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Evelyn Ngoli said...

Wahala

moss said...

Rubbish. Asap

Anonymous said...

That's disrespect to the father.

female rapper said...

Na wa o...white people and their wahala. I think they are more caged than us the Africans, no freedom of parenthood again sef, yet they will be forming like they are more free than us. mtcheew...lame nonsense

Anthony Sylvanus said...

White people and their culture sef.


Noted

Chomsy said...

That's white for you, father won't train his own child again.Oh... Good
meanwhile , Lin Lin u rock more than a rocket

fabian eze said...

white folks are crazy shaa...In Nigeria the father will collect the phone and even beat the daughter sef..What Nonsense.


#XENO-FABIAN

Omagara Nonso said...

Can't hapn in Africa..rmb wen dey use to seize my phone in sec skul

Owakah I said...

COME AND TRY THAT IN AFRICA

Nwariaku Munachi said...

Hmmm, America is really a lousy place.

Sharon john said...

He is a parent for Christ sake,the way white people reason r somehow

benneth Enwerem said...

Na them sabi.
#sips Orijin#

Damolia De Best said...

Nawa ooo so parent no fit correct hin pinkin agn ?


Damolia.DEW

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

HMMMM

danex said...

are u sure this people are okay upstairs? My dad does that to my younger brother on a regular basis. hain!

pretty face said...

All this white people no get work

Ama Adoma said...

See me see trouble oo. Oyibo things

chioma jacinta said...

Oyibo pple and dia wahala. * it's well*

ojoma brown said...

So parents r nt allowed to disciplined dere wards. Over. Dere.wwhat a shame,no wonder. Dere children hardly show respect to elders

Oshiolo 1 of Belema kingdom said...

This can not happen in Nigeria.

Linda's pearl said...

This can't happen in Naija.. Oyibo pple sha, dey can fit to perform tins oh

Israel Chigekwu said...

Nwanyi a dosara ihu ka ayaraya oka ndi Nsukka.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Nsogbu!

Anonymous said...

Stupid Americans

LADY B said...

Lmao! This can only happen in the Abroad! Whether an Nigerian Parent no go break dat fone for ur front! Rubbish!

applegeniuz said...

madness... u can't try this in nija. ndi ara.!
#kpomkwem

Bridget Abanum said...

All these white people and their Laws !!! make them try am for Nigeria !!!
% Linda Your Greatest Fan %

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Imagine that!

Anonymous said...

Oyinbo ppl! Petty things like this, hmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Come and try dis in najia

Iwunna Kenneth said...

Hia jisos...try it in ma house my mother to break the phone beat u and the police and shout thief on top of the policeman's head and the police will run away...and u being the daughter.ur soup wahala will be hotter than what they used gas to cook...1st to comment...lindas bodyguard

Native Doctor said...

Mtchwww!!! Just negodu!



Sincerely speaking the mind of Amadioha

Iwunna Kenneth said...

It's in obodo of imo u will hear ds kinda rubbish..kposhi kposhi...Lindas bodyguard

Livingstone Jude said...

http://goo.gl/ueV1uu

Anonymous said...

Women , the destroyer of life itself... Devil been using some since the first that was created

RareSpecie Z said...

Stupid case.
Retarded Mom.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm this is total confusion and your real madness!

Iphie Abraham said...

Na wa o,oyibo pple self. If na naija,i trust wat

Akeem Opayemi said...

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Amos Mohammed said...

See matter ohh this people got to be kidding me.oyunbo pple de craze.

JAYZSBOSS said...

Huh say whaaaat

mira cookie said...

Huh! Smh

hrm paul ojeih said...

Stupid mother stupid stupid daughter dis guy should just stay away from them wen dis girl starts doing drugs and screwing around d mother will have herself to be blamed rubbish people

olisavictor said...

This oyinbo people should keep their petty law to themselves....o. Arresting a parent for correcting a child is weird, that is why they commit all sort of atrocities, because there was no parental guidance, the children tend to do what they think is right.
This kind of action may destroy these nations removing parental control from parents. Maybe parents should hand over the discipline of their ward to the authorities.

Anonymous said...

Am very angry, very very angry. My own daughter? mtssssssss

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Americans, tufiskwa

Jamila Shaibu said...

White people ehh!!!

Pesin Pikin said...

Lol...Oyinbo ppl sha

Andy sneh said...

Funny. Wat happens to a hubby that seizes his wife's phone. Come to naija n try ds rubbish...

Tamara Afekuro said...

Linda ds one is news too? Next pls


#Lindaseemeoh#
#Godchaser#

Vivian Reginalds said...

Hian
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

vinna saviour said...

Just a phone ooo may God have mercy on u ppl

uche ekwulugo said...

Useless mother.. Tomorrow when ur pikin insult u no make kpam! Idiota



AJ MAIN BOY...

WHO U HELP? said...

#WetinWeNoGoHere4Yankees...
.
.
.
#YaankeePikin go bang d door tell e parents make dem no touch d door, dem go dey outside dey beg am 2 open door wen no lock!
.
#TryAm4Naija...sorry na yo name.
#YeYeDem.
#WhoDemHelp?

Ogenah Boris said...

This can't happen in Africa. How do you want the daughter to respect the father now

ahabike daniel said...

Twisted gist

Pro Great said...

Nawa everything gbam

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That vuvuzela P guy

ogbonna george said...

Oga sorry just go get ur own police babe den arrest dem back. End time oyibo people

solomon john said...

These white pple sha...wetin man no go hear!

valentino chuks said...

Movie makers

michael George (the Fulani Prince) said...

See this kin rubbish. White people sef.

daniela desmond said...

That's just stupid...that's how they spoil their kids and act like its ok. No parent should undermine another's parenting when it comes to their child. Its bad

joshua james said...

Wetin person no go read..Linda observe carefully

Nwaogu Blessing said...

Mr. Send ur daughter to 9ja.

BOXY (A.K.A) common sense said...

That woman is mad

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Imagine

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigommakings@yahoo.com
Direct from Delsu

pompom said...

Welcome to America

SolangeD said...

if white police dy naija na only parents go dy prison even dasuki nd metuh no go see space

amaechi dave said...

This is just nonsense, I mean how d woman go report her own husband just because of this minor issue, well na their cup of fura sha

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

White ppl n way of training so tiring sometimes

Ayo Lawson said...

He should persecute his wife and that senseless police officer, even the judge!if this is allowed it could become a fast trend in the states n soon everywhere!

eagle1 said...

it will not happen here in 9ja the father go disown the daughter.

Ayo Lawson said...

Nonsense

Anonymous said...

Really odd.



South African Lady steps out Naked in Public and guys videoed her(please be 18+)

edo gal said...

Enter your comment...lol.nor b for nijah o.street go hear

Anonymous said...

She sounds like a typical Nigerian woman brought to America by her husband.

kosy theodore said...

I trust 9ja parents,that girl will b buried alive

judith hanrankis said...

My mom once seized my fone for 8months cos of 2go (2010) African parents are the best i swear,all this oyinbo go dey spoil deir pikin....




Most beautiful gal on linda ikeji's blog

Tomi Abike said...

white people and their way of thinking.....Lindododo, I beg post my comment

JAO said...

Gerrarahere

udeh martha said...

White people ehh!!!

Anonymous said...

Same lmaoo@Judith Hanrankis

don snipes said...

its obvious d girl will also growup 1 day n arrest d mum or her kids will do same 2 Her

Jegede Oluwadamilare said...

Mtchew

Angel Makiz said...

seen....angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Chibuike said...

Please send the child to a Nigerian secondary school

Anonymous said...

U must be a complete nuisance to take up such space.Linda are u a fool?can't u stop posting his comments??

Anonymous said...

If you carry this kind matter go court for Naija, the judge go tell you say he sef they seize phone from him own children to correct and discipline them too. Case closed. End of story

Ade Olasengbe said...

They can't do this in naija.....arresting u for seizing ur child's phone

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