Dad Not Guilty of iPhone Confiscation 'Crime'

By Gary Cutlack on at

A man who confiscated his daughter's iPhone as punishment for sending a mean message about his new partner has been given the all clear, with a judge throwing out a charge of theft brought by the child's furious mother.

The fuss was ignited in 2013, when Jackson saw a message about his new partner that was sent by his daughter during a shared custody visit. The child used the word "ratchet" in a disrespectful way, a word that when used in such a way is apparently disrespectful among youth circles. So he took the phone away and refused to give it back, even when mum sent the police around later that day.

According to the Washington Post, dad Ronald Jackson told a local news site: "I was being a parent. A child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right."

His mother agreed with confiscating the phone initially, but says dad should've given it back to the daughter when the visit ended. But he didn't due to being angry and the phone being on his contract. [WFAA via Engadget]

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