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Mom arrested for letting kids play outside

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A Texas mother was thrown in jail after a neighbor called police to say her children were playing outside unsupervised.

Tammy Cooper of La Porte, Texas said earlier this month she let her children, ages 6 and 9 years old, play with their scooters outside on their home on a cul-de-sac.

"So we were outside. I took my lawn chair and put it on the sidewalk where I always sit and watch them outside when they're playing. They were out maybe an hour and a half, two hours and got tired. We came inside, started getting their pajamas on them and getting ready for the end of our day, and about 30 minutes after that I looked out my window and see a La Porte police officer at the end of my driveway," she said.

Police said a neighbor had complained that the children were unsupervised. Cooper was arrested for child endangerment.

She spent 18 hours in jail overnight only to have the charges against her dropped.

Moms on the internet quickly rallied around Cooper saying she didn't deserve to be arrested.

North Texas moms Shannon Hanna  and Janet Coffman agree. They don't think the arrest was warranted.

Coffman said she lets her daughters ride their scooters on the sidewalk even if they aren't right next to her.

"I can't keep up with them. I mean, there's a point where they go faster than you do and you've got to just be where you can to see them," she said.

Hanna watches her kids and if they slip out of her sight she trusts they'll be safe.

In fact, she puts some of the blame on the neighbor.

"Some neighbors I think just think they're doing the right thing or whatever, but some of them just over react or get too nosey," she said.

Cooper is now suing the La Porte Police Department, the officer who arrested her and the neighbor who made the call.

She said the ordeal has been stressful, time consuming and costly. Her family has already shelled out $7,000 in legal fees, she said.


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