Grandmother facing battery charges after slapping granddaughter for mouthing off

April 30th, 2010 by

Largo, Florida — The arrest of a 73-year-old grandmother has some asking… where do you draw the line when it comes to punishing unruly teens?

Theresa Collier says she’s never been in trouble her entire life, but this week, the grandmother found herself behind bars in the Pinellas County Jail after slapping her granddaughter for swearing at her.

“My heart’s going like this. I just thought I was going to die. I wanted to crawl in a hole,” Collier told 10 Connects, as she broke down in tears.

Collier says she invited her 18-year-old granddaughter, Felicia Collier, to her house so she could use her computer to do homework.

Felicia is finishing her senior year online after getting kicked out of Catholic school in Massachusetts, Collier explained.

“She said F-off to a nun! I would just crawl into a hole,” said Collier.

On Tuesday, the newly turned 18-year-old did not want to obey her commands to complete her assignments.

“She kept repeating the F-word to me, about the whole family. She just went on and on and I just got so upset, I got up and slapped her across the face,” she told 10 Connects, “She grabbed my wrists and I couldn’t get out of it and she let one go and she punched me in the cheek here.”

Felicia then called police to her grandmother’s home, but even the teenager couldn’t have imagined what happened next.

“The two officers came to each side of me and before I know it, they have my arms and they said, ‘You’re under arrest,’ and they cuff me,” Collier said tearfully.

Despite Felicia Collier’s attempts to convince police not to arrest her grandmother, the officers took the woman into custody.

Theresa Collier describes the next 24 hours in jail as the worst hours of her life.

“I went to medical, they take my blood pressure, it was sky high and he says, my God! And I said, ‘Can you blame my blood pressure?’ ” said Collier.

“My wife of 52 years went to Catholic Parochial school, went to church, she’s a good strong Catholic and raised four kids and no one ever spoke to her like that,” said her husband, Walter Collier.

While Collier’s arrest seems out of line, under the law, a battery was committed.

“Legally she’s 18-years-old, so while I understand the difference between corporal punishment on a child, disciplining your child for using poor language, this is an 18-year-old child,” said Lt. Mike Loux, with the Largo Police Department.

Lt. Loux says his department has a mandatory arrest policy when it comes to domestic violence calls, so someone had to go to jail.

“If an officer on scene finds probable cause to arrest a person, because they’ve committed domestic battery, then our policy is a mandatory arrest of that person,” said Lt. Loux, “The discretion does not come because the victim does not want to prosecute. It doesn’t come because the victim has remorse for calling police.”

Felicia Collier was in court on Wednesday for her grandmother’s first appearance and signed a form to not only not prosecute, but allow contact with her grandmother.

This still does not change the pending charges against Collier, who now has to wait for her next day in court and whether prosecutors will pursue the charge against her.

“I think it’s ridiculous. We’re hurt so bad, I’m so scared she’s going to have a heart attack or a stroke over this. She doesn’t sleep, she bursts into tears and I’m almost doing it now,” said Walter Collier.

They haven’t spoken to their granddaughter since the incident.

Further complicating things, the couple only lives in Largo part-time. They have plane tickets to head home to New Hampshire next week and are not unsure if it’s a good idea they return since Collier has yet to have her next day in court set.

“What are they going to do? Send me back in,” said Collier, pointing toward the jail.


9 Responses

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  2. Doug

    All I can say is pussivication.What the hell is this world coming to I would of slapped the little bitch too .Many kids and young adults just have no idea what respect is any more.

  3. Pallet Guy

    Love these domestic violence laws. Women push for these laws, then whine when they are arrested for them. Give her the maximum

  4. billy baru

    I would have told her to have them send an ambulance also if you call 911 on me for that. P.S. They don’t give life in prison for this and the world will not be big enough for you to hide when I get out.

  5. Shawn

    Florida is a police state period. To pad budgets every year they will arrest any one for any stupid reason. My wife is a corrections deputy you would not believe the stupid things people in this state are put people through the system for. They assail the innocent citizens while hardened criminals move through the system like a smooth flowing revolving door. To see a police officer any where near you here provides 0 comfort but instills only instant fear, shame on the law inforcement of Florida they are no more than a licensed mob.

  6. Cindy Bell

    I AM FELICIA’S OLDER SISTER.WATCH YOUR MOUTH WHEN TALKING ABOUT HER YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WENT DOWN. PICK ON ME, NOT HER! I AM THIRTY ONE YEARS OLD WITH TEEN AGE BOYS. I UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY GOING TO JUMP TO THE GRANDMOTHERS SIDE BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT TEENS AT THIS DAY IN AGE CAN HAVE A MOUTH ON THEM, AND YES I DO BELIEVE A MOUTHY SNOT NOSE BRAT SHOULD BE SMACKED IF THEY WERE TO EVER CURSE RIGHT IN MY FACE OR PUT THEIR HANDS ON ME! HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. LET ME GIVE YOU THE FACTS AND NOTHING LESS. I DO NOT HAVE TO SUGAR COAT ANYTHING, NOTHING TO GAIN FROM IT, BUT TO TELL THE TRUTH. I AM TIRED OF MY SISTER BEING BASHED IN THE MEDIA, WHEN SHE HAS BEEN ABUSED BY BOTH HER GRANDPARENTS GROWING UP.DID YOU KNOW THAT? HMMM…MAYBE NOT. THE GRANDPARENTS ARE ATTENTION SEEKING BITTER PEOPLE. YES FELICIA SAID SOME THINGS I AM SURE SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID, HOWEVER HER GRANDMOTHER DID NOT AND I REPEAT DID NOT HIT HER ONCE OR TWICE BUT MULTIPLE TIMES, SOUNDS TO ME LIKE ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR THE GRAND MOTHER IS NEEDED! SHE THEN CHOCKED MY SISTER AND LEFT VISIBLE MARKS ACROSS HER NECK, AND WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED PICTURES WHERE TAKEN OF NUMEROUS SCRATCHES, AND CHOKE MARKS. NOW WHEN YOU SLAP A CHILD MORE THAN THREE TIMES, THEN CHOCK THEM…YOU HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND CORRECTING THEM AND LETTING THEM KNOW WHO’S BOSS.OF COURSE SHE TRIED TO HOLD HER GRANDMOTHERS HANDS BACK, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE BEING CHOCKED? TELL ME? EVERYONE IS DOWN ON HER BUT DOES NOT TALK ABOUT HOW SHE DIDN’T PRESS CHARGES, WHEN SHE SHOULD HAVE!! SHE WAS ASSAULTED POINT BLANK. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN RESPECTFUL TOWARDS HER GRAND PARENTS THROUGH ALL THE HELL THEY PUT HER THROUGH! ALSO NO ONE MENTIONED HER GOOD QUALITIES, SUCH AS HER JOINING THE NAVY. DON’T JUDGE UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE FACTS. YOU WEREN’T THERE, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT WENT DOWN, SO DON’T JUDGE MY SISTER UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO HER GRAND PARENTS REALLY ARE! SHE IS NOT A INNOCENT LITTLE GIRL, SHE IS GROWN NOW. BUT SHE IS A GOOD KID, TRYING TO DO GOOD WITH HER LIFE. SO STOP BASHING SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, EXCEPT FOR WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE GRAND MOTHER AND THE MEDIA. STOP AND THINK!OH AND POOR CATHOLIC GRANNY MY A**, SHE IS FAKE AND PHONY, AND OFF COURSE EVERYONE IS GOING TO JUMP TO HER SIDE. MAYBE THE JAIL TIME IS FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE PUT HER THROUGH! TELL THE TRUTH, NOT WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR

  7. CINDY BELL SUCKS

    Felicia dropped out of the navy for drug problems, and he ability to committ to anything….did nt you just meet her for the 1st time last month? Thought so.

  8. PMA BITCH

    Hows this? I went to that catholic school she got kicked out of. I haven’t gone to school with her in about 2 or 3 years, as i finished before her. However, this girl was always involved in the drama at school, always had a loud, foul mouth, with an even worse personality. I know alot of the people she associates with as well, all drug related. and i am not friends with her on facebook, but some of my friends are and they told me “She definitely doesn’t feel bad”

  9. Cop caller

    Moral of this story: Dont be a cop calling snitch

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