Well, I’m glad that’s settled.
DALLAS – A Dallas County jury found a father not guilty Tuesday of theft for taking away his daughter’s cell phone as punishment.
Ronald Jackson, 36, was charged with theft of property of at least $50 but under $500, a Class B misdemeanor.
Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty after ruling the state failed to present sufficient evidence to continue the case.
Jackson said he took his 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone as punishment after finding inappropriate texts in September 2013. A few hours later, officers from the Grand Prairie Police Department showed up at his front door, asking for the iPhone 4 back.
“At that point, I decided the police don’t interfere with my ability to parent my daughter,” Jackson said.
Michelle Steppe, the child’s mother, sees it differently.
“As a mom, I’m upset because — number one — the property belongs to me,” she said.
Steppe told jurors on Monday she called police the day her daughter lost the use of her phone for disciplinary reasons.
“You can’t take someone’s property, regardless if you’re a parent or not,” Steppe said.