Piedmont woman ticketed after toddler tries to urinate in yard

Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein said Tuesday an officer who ticketed a woman after her 3-year-old son tried to urinate in the family's front yard could have handled the situation better.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: November 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

The officer later amended the complaint to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Oblein said he is waiting for word from the district attorney's office as to whether they will pursue the complaint, but he doesn't think it will go any further.

“My personal recommendation is I don't think the charge would stand up in court,” Oblein said. “I would strongly support them not filing it.”

Since the incident was first reported in the media, Oblein said his department has fielded hundreds of phone calls from across the U.S.

“It would have been a good opportunity for the officer to have a teaching moment with the parents,” Oblein said. “It's certainly a teaching moment for us. We are going to be talking about it quite a lot.”

Ashley Warden said she is happy police have acknowledged the officer reacted poorly, but said she still doesn't know whether she will have to pay the $2,500 fine.

“There is always that worry there that I might have to pay it, but I'm really hoping they will throw it out,” she said.

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