Child takes mum to court over mobile ban

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

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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