Antonia Folsom, a 34-year-old mother of four from Augusta, Georgia, is facing a misdemeanor charge of deprivation of a minor after she locked her 13-year-old son out of her home after he broke curfew. The boy had to sleep on a concrete patio.
Though the teen’s 15-year-old brother gave him a blanket and pillow, Folsom said her son has repeatedly broken his 9 p.m. curfew. Neighbors said he’s been in trouble with the law before and that his mother was just trying to discipline him.
“When you have one that’s out of control and you’re trying to keep him from getting in trouble with the law or going out and committing a crime or either getting killed, you do everything you can to go out of your way to keep them safe,” Folsom’s sister, Gena Archer, told WRDW, reported Yahoo Parenting.
The locked-out teen called the police to inform them of his mother’s actions and she was taken to the county jail after she told officers that she asked her son to come inside at 11 p.m., but that he left instead.
Folsom is currently out on bail, and the children’s grandmother is taking care of them.
Folsom believes she was “wrongly charged” for locking her son out and has started an online fundraiser to help her raise money for legal fees. She has raised more than $1,700 of her $2,000 goal. “I’d rather see a child learn their lesson to obey their parents this way than to end up in jail later because he never learned that actions have consequences,” one supporter wrote on the GoFundMe page.
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