Child takes mum to court over mobile ban

Judge clears mother in 'landmark case' as defence lawyer complains law is undermining parents' rights

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Critics say the case shows the law is pandering to spoilt teenagers

By Richard Torné

The case of a teenager who took his mother to court for confiscating his mobile phone has highlighted a loophole in the law which potentially allows children to denounce parents over seemingly trivial issues.

The 15-year-old boy lodged a complaint against his mother, identified as 37-year-old María Angustias, claiming he had been the victim of abuse after she confiscated his mobile phone for refusing to study.

Following a medical examination of the child which concluded that the boy had suffered an injury to his hand in the incident, the prosecutor pressed for a trial and asked for the woman to be jailed for nine months.

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