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Mom cited when toddler pees on sidewalk

Sept. 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia toddler's mother was ticketed when her potty-training son urinated on the street.

Caroline Robboy said she was shopping with her 2-year-old son, Nathaniel, and other family members Sunday when the boy said he needed to go to the bathroom. Robboy asked an employee at the store to use a bathroom and was told the facilities weren't open to the public.

As the family was leaving the store, Nathaniel took matters into his own hands, walking up to a light post and doing his business.

A police officer watching the family came over and wrote Robboy a ticket, which also came with a parenting lecture.

"He said, 'I'm doing this for your own protection because God forbid there might have been a pervert out there looking at my son,'" Robboy told WCAU-TV, Philadelphia.

The mother said she plans to fight the ticket, which carries a $50 fine.

"It's not about the $50," Robboy said. "I want a place that feels friendly to me where my children feel safe and have positive experiences with police officers."

A police department spokesman said the officer was within his authority to write the ticket.

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