Mom has misbehaving son, 10, arrested

A woman who lives in the American state of Georgia had her 10 year old son mock arrested by police.

Chiquita Hill had some discipline issues with her 10 year old son who is in the 5th grade. The boy was misbehaving in class, talking back to his teacher and refusing to do class work she told CBS News affiliate, WRBL.

Hill claimed she wanted to teach her son a lesson, so she called 911 and asked that they place her son in handcuffs and pretend to send him to jail.  She then took pictures of the arrest and posted on her face book page.

Sowetan Live spoke to Johannesburg based Child psychologist Melanie Hartgill about what possible psychological effect this could have had on the child.

She explained that the biggest issue here would be the breakdown of trust between the mother and the son. That it would take them a long time to rebuild their relationship. And the mother had shown him that she can’t control him by calling in the police.  Also the boy could start distrusting the police.

“If the police are arresting the child for behaving badly, this could send the wrong message about the police to the child. The child was not stealing,” Hartgill said.

Involving the law would confuse the child as he hadn’t committed any illegal act.

We also asked her what the mother could have done differently.

“Ideally it would have been better for the mother to speak to a male figure in the boy’s life; grandfather, father or an uncle, a person who can get involved and speak to the boy. If this wasn’t possible then the mother could have spoken to a social worker, psychologist or gotten the school involved.”

Do you think the mother went too far or did she do the right thing?


4 thoughts on “Mom has misbehaving son, 10, arrested

  • August 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Good on you Debbie! Sounds like it worked out well, so nice that there are willing cops to help 🙂

  • August 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Strikes me you’re as incapable a parent as as Chiquita Hill in this report. You may have realized a short-term outcome by terrifying the kids but you can be sure that incident will come back to haunt you when they reach their teens, or perhaps before that.
    If you have brought up your children in a way that they become unmanageable without police intervention, you are clearly not worthy of having them and they should be taken away from you.

    • August 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Lol Dave – just because you were a drama queen as a kid doesn’t mean Debbie and her friends don’t know their kids. We can’t have everyone else bringing up each others kids for good reason.

  • May 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    My best friend and I stayed together for a while with our 5 children – her husband was away on contract overseas. The two oldest children fought like cat and dog, and were generally just being plain naughty. Despite hidings, punishment and a warning that we would have a chat to the police, they did not listen. Eventually, after more misbehaviour and fighting, we carted all the children down to the local police station, and as luck would have it, there was a wonderful fatherly policeman on duty. We explained the situation, and he took the two oldest aside, handcuffed them to one another, and had a nice chat to them. He left them like that for an hour, and told them to think about their behaviour, and what it was doing to the household. Wow what a difference it made. Even thought the children were way upset with us (because their sunday school teacher happened to walk in while they were sitting there) – they behaved very well for the next 3 months while we stayed together.

    Maybe the lady concerned should not have had him “arrested”, but maybe she should have done what we did. Not sure what the psychologist would say about that, but that is my opinion.


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