Mobile-phone-taking father cleared

Second kid-parent court case supports parental rights to discipline children

The removal of mobile phones from kids has been central to two child-parent court cases in the province

By Emma Randle

A father from Olula del Río has been cleared of abuse after his teenage daughter took him to court for confiscating her mobile phone – the second such case in the province in two months.

The man, who was facing a 10-month prison sentence and a three-year restraining order, said he “never imagined” he could face jail for taking a mobile phone off his daughter.

The incident happened on February 27, when he took the phone from the 14-year-old for getting bad grades at school. Days later two Guardia Civil officers and two welfare officers arrived on his doorstep after the girl lodged a complaint of abuse.

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