Zip-ties are a parent’s best friend…or maybe not.
Mesa woman Jaica Rowley accused of zip tying 11-year-old son to the backyard porch Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/Mesa-woman-Jaica-Rowley-accused-of-zip-tying-11-year-old-son-to-the-backyard-porch#ixzz2JJpFM4FK
What to do with an out of control pre-teen? Some parents might say they need a good smack on the bum. Others might say take away the Xbox, PS3 or the Wii. Jaica Rowley would say use some zip-ties (or cable-ties) to exercise restraint and control. Which is exactly what she did.
A good-Samaritan neighbour rang authorities to report what sounded like a woman hitting a boy. When the cops arrived at the home in Mesa, Arizona, Jaica explained to them that her 11 year old son was out of control. She had errands to run, but the boy had been grounded and wasn’t allowed to leave the house. So she cable-tied her son’s hands and feet around the porch pole and left to pay a bill with her 2 year old in tow. She was angry at him because he’d left the house even though he’d been grounded! The boy complained that the zip-ties were too tight, so she’d cut them off and looped new ones onto him. In the process, she accidentally cut his finger with the scissors she was using. Police found the boy bleeding from a cut on his finger, as well as chafing from struggling against the zip ties.
Neighbours told police that Jaica was often heard yelling at her children on a weekly basis, and on one occasion was heard yelling at her son that she was going to kill him. The boy had been busted shoplifting and had left the house despite being grounded.
Jaica explained that “”It was I needed to make sure that he didn’t take off, because he knew he was in trouble for shoplifting, until I could get my 2-year-old out of the car seat and in to change her diaper and figure out what I was going to do, so that I could finish doing the errands or whatever that I needed to do prior to him being arrested,”
She has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse and unlawful imprisonment but has been released since. She is not allowed to come back to her house or see her kids. CPS has taken the kids into their custody.
Now I’m not interested in having children. I just don’t have that urge to reproduce. But I don’t know how I would cope with an unruly pre-teen. An 11 year old should not have run of the house or be allowed to come and go as he pleases. Grounding him didn’t work and he’s been busted for shoplifting which is more serious than just backchatting or not doing homework. I think this is just a mum who’s at the end of her rope and just needs to regroup and develop other ways of disciplining her kids. She didn’t kill them or seriously injure them, so I think maybe she just lost the plot.
I will get back to writing AU/NZ stories when some appear. It’s been quite harrowing over here because we’ve had ex-cyclone Oswald battering Queensland and the NSW coast. Floods, tornadoes, gusting winds etc. have been all over the news and luckily there’s been no child abuse reported anywhere. I promise I will find more Aussie/Kiwi stories soon <3 Aussie S.