A mother was handcuffed and hauled off to jail for not paying the $3 fine on an overdue library book checked out by her son last year.
Tanya Goetz, 37, said that at the time she had no idea why she was being arrested and didn't even know her son had the book. She was jailed for about eight hours and released on $100 bond in this Cincinnati suburb.Goetz was charged with theft by deception and contempt of court for not returning the book and for an unrelated bad check charge from 1992. She had paid the check but the warrant wasn't withdrawn.
While she was locked up, her 14-year-old son, Chaz, found the book belonging to the Kenton County Public Library. His mother later returned it and paid the fine. The charges were dropped last week.
Goetz said she was jailed with a stripper and a woman charged with beating her husband. "The room was urine-infested, and there was brown writing (made from human feces) on the wall," she said.
Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said Tuesday that his office often handles complaints for small amounts of money.