Police in Indianapolis, Indiana just arrested a 9-year-old girl for allegedly hitting her sister. The child was charged with battery after her mother thought that calling the police might help teach her daughter a lesson.
But instead of giving the girl a stern talking-to, and putting a good scare in her, officers determined that the correct course of action was to arrest the girl, and put her through the system.
The report filed by the arresting officer claims that the girl’s mother, Andrea Stumpf, “stated that her 9-year-old daughter punched her 6-year-old sister in the head.”
Stumpf filmed the incident, and when the police viewed the footage “the officer made the decision to arrest,” according to Officer Rafael Diaz from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Officer Diaz said that it is not unusual for police to arrest children that young.
“It happens. It seems like we spend a lot of our time dealing with juvenile issues,” Diaz claimed.
Watch the local report below:
Rick Whitten, the executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, spoke with local reporters about keeping children out of the criminal justice system whenever possible.
“We know that the younger kids get involved in the juvenile justice system, the more likely they are to keep getting involved with the system,” he explained.
This is a good reminder to parents that you cannot use the police to teach your children lessons anymore. Police will not come and give your children a good scare, at best they will arrest them, and at worst, your child might end up dead.
The “Mayberry” years are gone.
(Article by Moreh B.D.K.; image used for illustrative purposes)