Dallas dad found not guilty for confiscating daughter’s iPhone

“A Dallas County jury found a father not guilty Tuesday of theft for taking away his daughter’s cell phone as punishment,” David Goins reports for WFAA. “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,” Goins reports. “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.”

“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,” Goins reports. “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. Ronald Jackson and Michelle Steppe readily admit they are not a couple anymore. Jackson said they were never married but had a child together. Steppe said Jackson didn’t become a part of his daughter’s life until she was seven.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This story is a allegory for many of the issues the U.S. faces today: Broken homes, or homes that never were, poor parenting, immature and irresponsible adults, lack of discipline, lack of self control, lack of common sense, the foolish waste of taxpayers’ money, a rampant entitlement mentality, selfishness, distressed children, general stupidity, too much swimming in the low end of the gene pool, poor role models, confused children, undisciplined children, etc. etc. etc. This sad fiasco is yet another episode in the endless Jerry Springer marathon that too much of this country has become.

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  1. Good analysis M.D.N. As you stated, idiotic parent who wanted to get back at the other parent, and used her daughter to do it. Amazing how the lowest of the gene pool are extremely capable of breeding.

  2. MDN’s response to this ridiculous situation is perfectly worded! Could not have said it better. Thankfully there was someone with a brain on the bench, the judge.

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