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November 19, 2009

Bad Mommies Jump the Shark: Mom let cop taze her 10-year-old daughter

This story should put the annoying "bad mommy" confessional genre out of its misery. Nothing can top this. Bad mommies have officially jumped the shark:

An Arkansas mom allegedly allowed a police office to taze (link fixed) her 10-year-old daughter because the girl was having a tantrum. The girl will face disorderly conduct charges. The head of the Arkansas State Police says he isn't sure if the officer made a mistake when he shocked an unarmed child who wouldn't take a shower.

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*slams forehead* First the balloon boy, then this...

And I thought it was bad when my neighbor down the block screams at her "daughter" (who's actually her 14 yr old niece whose mother couldn't raise her since she was a baby) loud enough that neighbors can hear from inside their houses.

And that's with her screaming in the house with windows open! Almost everyday. Jeez!

Sigh, I swear I had the "worst" child when my 2nd was born - colicky, staying up all night, rebelling, mischievous, not paying attention in school - you name it. I felt like the worst mommy because I couldn't get her to sit still and listen, or even to teach her anything! On top of that, family/friends complained that she might have A.D.D. and speech therapy, to which I refused to both and hubby agreed. We faced heavy criticism.

Now at age 14, she is a beautiful swoon! Though she is still a night owl...but getting straight A's and her speech just cleared up on its own.

Being a parent is the toughest job...and I am by far the "perfect" mother - my kids probably could complain all day about me, but at least I stuck with them through hard times and being there for them. Not easy.

- Mother of 4

Sorry -- can you fix and repost the link to the news article?

Done! Thanks for letting me know.

I misread that and thought for a moment that the officer tazed the girl while she was in the shower. I'm actually substantially less offended upon rereading.

A 10-yr-old has a tantrum IN HER OWN HOME (or her mothers, which should be the same thing) & gets disorderly conduct? How the hell does that work? I cannot believe they're pressing disorderly conduct charges - does that mean "being a kid" is one of those catch-all conditions that make you liable for arrest at the whim of the police? These people are berserk & desperately need smacking.

This story involves two issues I've long felt strongly about:

a) We should make it illegal to use a taser on an unarmed person.

b) We should repeal "disorderly conduct" laws. They're so vague that there a catchall for a cop to arrest anyone.

Good points, Eric. Pretty much sums it all. I don't know why I went on like that. Didn't have anything to do with the story.

What is strange, the more I thought about it, is that the cop was given the power by the mother to do "what was necessary" in order to control her unarmed daughter?

Does not one need evidence such as psychologist/shrink to document the potential threat a child could be?

I am no expert with the laws, but it does seem odd that I would just say to the police that I felt my 10 year old daughter was out of control and that a taze could be used on her if necessary?

But you bought up a very good point on #2. Who decides exactly what a "disorderly conduct" is...especially when a child is involved.

My apologies for going off the point with the original comment. You may delete it as you wish.

How do you spell a.b.u.s.e.? Tasers were not designed to be used on children, nor are they safe to be used on kids. The kid could have died.
A person who feels like they need to taser a 10 year old needs help, and the cop should be fired immediately.

"The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that his daughter has emotional problems but that she didn't have a weapon and shouldn't have been Tasered.

"My daughter does not deserve to be tased and be treated like an animal," said Mr Medlock, who is divorced from the girl's mother and does not have custody."

Probably safe to say that there's one custody decision that may be reversed in the near future.

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