Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mother Arrested After Baby Laughs in Library

First a mother got kicked off a city bus when her baby started laughing, now....Donnetta Foster, a 20-year-old (yes, she's 20!) single mother, is facing a trial and time in prison after she was thrown out of a Decatur, Ga. library after her 14-month-old son, Savon, made a laughing noise while looking at an animal flash card last October. Donnetta says she at the library to use a computer to prepare for a job interview the following day. She said she had used the library before, but this was the first time she had taken her son, Savon, who was 14-months old at the time (he's now 2). She said she quieted Savon but a security officer came over and asked her to leave. She appealed to a library staffer, but she said the staffer shut her computer down and asked the security guard to escort her out. According to police, officers were called to the library because Donnetta refused to leave the property. Officers arrived and escorted her out of the building. She was issued a criminal trespass warning and “became irate yelling in a loud and boisterous manner,” the police report said. Donnetta was asked several times “to calm down and walk away” and told not to return. The report says Donnetta left but returned “within minutes … yelling and cursing.” When police asked her to leave again, the report said, Donnetta moved away from the library but continued “yelling in a loud and boisterous manner.” It was at that time that police placed her under arrest on a disorderly conduct charge and handcuffed her. During a news conference at her attorney's office last Friday, Donnetta denied that she yelled at police and used profanity repeatedly, but did admit to some cursing -- away from the library. She said she was frustrated the officer would not let her explain what happened. She said she even called for a police supervisor to intervene. Donnetta has rejected the prosecutor's plea deal agreement and has chosen to take the case to trial. If she's found guilty, she faces up to a year in jail.

source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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