Tree Decorating Mom Refuses to Pick Up Kids from Library, Police Called

A Farmington Community Library staff person called police after the woman refused to pick up her children, ages 12 and 15.

A Farmington Hills Police officer picked up two children, ages 12 and 15, from the Farmington Community Library Main Library at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, after their mother told them she would not come to get them. 

According to the report, the 45-year-old Farmington Hills woman told a dispatcher that she wouldn't pick up the children because she was busy decorating a Christmas tree at their grandmother's home in Southfield. While the children walked to the library, neither was wearing a jacket, and library staff would not let them walk home. The report noted temperatures had fallen below freezing. 

The children were taken to Farmington Hills Police headquarters at 11 Mile and Orchard Lake Roads. The officer spoke to their mother, who said she was upset that the children called for a ride seven minutes before the library closed. The report indicated the officer told the mother when she picked up the children that a report would be filed. 

C baker December 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
What, exactly, do you think was going to happen? Being driven home is by far more dangerous than walking - check out the stats on deaths by car crash someday.
C baker December 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I know nothing of the sort. I don't hold random adults responsible for the actions of unrelated teenagers. How stupid would that be?
Angela December 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Wow. I will never allow my kids to go to the library again. This is scary stuff. The librarian called the police because a Mom wanted her kids to be responsible? America is dead.
Wilma Fingerdoo December 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
From Webster's Dictionary: Definition of RESPONSIBILITY 1: the quality or state of being responsible: as a : moral, legal, or mental accountability b : reliability, trustworthiness How in the world will today's youth ever be responsible citizens when we hold them accountable for nothing? It is a walk home from the library. They came to the library that way, but somehow the staff won't let them go home the way they came? And the police were called for what reason?
E G December 20, 2012 at 03:50 AM
About a year ago, my 13 year old had forgotten to return the books HE borrowed from the library. I told him, "you borrowed them, you read them, you forgot them, you pay the fine and you return them." The next day, he was to walk from the school to the library (about 3/4 of a mile) to return the books and then call me after his fine was paid and I would pick him up (our home is an additional two miles away from the library). Well, it was raining that day, he called me and asked me to pick him up from the school and drive him to the library. I told him no and continued with what I was doing. Of course he was wet when he entered the library. A short time later, he called again and he told me that the librarian had a message for me....... The librarian asked if he had walked from school, my boy responded "yes" and then the librarian had told my son, "Your mother should be given an award, because she made you be the responsible party for returning the late books, pay your own fine and get yourself here." Well he learned his lesson, he now remembers to return borrowed books on time, saving him money, and he checks the weather and wears the appropriate clothing for the elements.


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