Child Arrested Over Mother's Unpaid Bill

A Muhlenburg County mother says it's unbelievable. Her 10 year old son was arrested because of her unpaid bill.

Police took Timmy Stephens into custody at his elementary school. His mother, Amy Mercer, owed money to another parent after her son got into a fight with a 9 year old student.

Mercer had agreed to pay the medical bills, but fell behind on payments. Still, she says she doesn't know why police would arrest her son. She says police have not been about to answer that question. Meantime, Mercer says her son is afraid to go to school and she doesn't know how to explain to him why he was taken to jail.

The judge who issued the arrest warrant for Stephens could not be reached for comment.


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  • by Brett Location: Victoria on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    The child was not arrested for failing to pay a bill. He was arrested for assault. Read the story. He assaulted some other kid. His parents (and likely the DA) then agreed not to press charges if the mother paid for the medical treatment - meaning it must have been hurt pretty bad. The mother then fails to pay. All that happened was the parents then pressed charges. What else where they supposed to do. Let the little snot keep running around so some other kid can get assaulted and their family forced to pay. And if they want to get victim services or insurance... they need to fill criminal charges. The kid should have been arrested to start with AND the mother should have had to pay.
  • by Inez Location: 270 S. Madison St. on Jun 9, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    I totally agree! They should have arrested the mother. Where is the Justice? I tell you where. They got their head up their!! There to stupid to tell an adult from a kid!! Poor kid. I wonder if he'll have to go to counciling. Send the bill to the so-called judge!!!
  • by AN Location: N.C. on Apr 5, 2009 at 12:25 AM
    I want to know where the judge was when my neghbors are growing and selling pot. I want to know where the judge was when my mother and our family was abused. Rapsed muderers and drug dealers get a slap on the wrist. That child will always remember jail and his life will be ruined now. I know because I have been through all kinds of abuse and you relive the abuse every day of your life. I am 37 and i still can't get the images out of my head. My God have mercy on his soul he will need it.
  • by Misti Location: Tyner on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    I believe they should ahve went after the mother and spoke withher. They should also get an apology from the judge. Of course he cant be reach he is to ashamed of what he done. There are murdere sex offenders and he waste tax $ to arrest a child.
  • by Not So Location: Ky on Apr 26, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    My juvenile son was arrested for DUI on a moped.He was taken to jail for hours and had to go to court.My opinion....he got what he deserved!!!!He got a job packing groceries and I went to court "with" him but DID NOT pay his fines for him. He learned a most valuable lesson that night. As far as I know he has NEVER broken the law again. Thats what needs to happen to this kid.His mommy and daddy will regret it if they "get" him out of it and cry foul because of the consequences of his actions.
  • by teacher Location: berea on Apr 26, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    The issue here is not whether the mother tried to keep her son from facing consequnces or whether or not the son is a bully who needs to be punished. The story itself is another example of the media's ability to distort one side of a multi-faceted story before all of the facts were confirmed. The real criminal here is the reporter who, I am sure learned in journalism school, that there are two sides to every story and all should be presented for the viewer to make an informed opinion. Our local news is becoming less about news and more about shock and awe reporting.
  • by D Location: KY on Apr 26, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    Furious, I am sure that they would have arrested him on a misdemeanor assault warrant, because he committed assault on the other child....duh! From the time the incident is reported, there is one year to take legal action. The mother could not pay the medical bills that she agreed to pay for a couple months, hence the warrant was filed and the perpetrator of the offense arrested. I am guessing that the settlement for the medical bills being paid was some sort of out of court deal with no court documents ordering it, or the mother would have been arrested for contempt. People need to be held responsible for their actions, whether they be an adult or a child. If we let children get away with anything they want to do, they grow up to be adults that think they can do the same. The court system in Kentucky is so liberal that people literally do get away with lots before they end up in prison, it's sad.
  • by Bobby Location: Jackson Co. on Apr 26, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    I think somone may have over stepped a serious leagal boundary on this one it's possible the child may have has his rights violated,the mother should enlist the aid of an attorney
  • by Reflections On The Gene Pool Location: Lancaster KY on Apr 26, 2008 at 03:43 AM
    Could "Little Bubba" look any more pathetic?? If parents are liable for their juvenile Bubbas and Bubbettes, how quickly do you suppose these actions would decline in number if Momma Bubbette and/or Daddy Bubba were required to sit in jail for a day with their little darlings. I would love to be a fly on the wall for that scene!!
  • by james Location: Salyersville on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    This is April..Child Abuse Awarement Month. This child's mother needs to have a court date set with the judge in the defendant's seat! Let her attorney explain to her the options..we can't have our children treated this way!

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