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Toledo ordinance could punish parents for children's crimes

A forum was held Monday in West Toledo between the city, the police and the community. A forum was held Monday in West Toledo between the city, the police and the community.
"My son was trying, and so was I," Brannon said. "I'm a single parent, and I was working very hard. And I would have been locked up under this ordinance." "My son was trying, and so was I," Brannon said. "I'm a single parent, and I was working very hard. And I would have been locked up under this ordinance."
Juanita Greene with the City of Toledo says, "It's to basically not target groups, but to also make parents aware that if a young person was brought downtown, that they would work with the parents, work with the youth, try to provide services for them." Juanita Greene with the City of Toledo says, "It's to basically not target groups, but to also make parents aware that if a young person was brought downtown, that they would work with the parents, work with the youth, try to provide services for them."

Parents being locked up for their kids crimes --  A proposed parental responsibility law was the topic of discussion Monday at a community forum.

News 11's Colleen Wells covered the story live from west Toledo with more.

Imagine a parent being arrested and put in jail for something their child did. Maybe even fighting at the mall... something we've seen lately. It may happen in Toledo.

While a council vote is still a long way off, already some have very strong opinions.

 "Anymore, the parents don't seem to have that much responsibility. They just go their way, and the children are in trouble."

It was a night of opinions as community members and leaders took notes and weighed in on the proposed parental responsibility ordinance.

The Toledo Police Department is backing the ordinance.

If passed by city council, the ordinance could potentially put parents behind bars for their children's illegal actions. It's a chilling thought to some parents, like Marian Brannon, who struggled with her teen son getting into trouble. "My son was trying, and so was I," she said. "I'm a single parent, and I was working very hard. And I would have been locked up under this ordinance."

Community leaders say the ordinance is not meant to criminalize parents, rather offer programs to help.

Juanita Greene with the City of Toledo says, "It's to basically not target groups, but to also make parents aware that if a young person was brought downtown, that they would work with the parents, work with the youth, try to provide services for them."

But some are concerned the ordinance would do more harm than good.

Brennan says, "If we were to have to miss more work... to go into the court system... to be locked up, I don't know. I could potentially lose my job, lose my home. I don't know."

Marian's son left Toledo and is graduating college. She hopes parents who share her struggles find help through programs instead of prison.

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