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Iowa mother faces felony charge for throwing cell phone at daughter

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Tianna Mallet photo from Johnson County Iowa Jail

An Iowa mother was jailed and faced a felony charge after an argument with her teenage daughter over a cell phone.

Jail records show 34-year-old Tina Mallet was booked into the Johnson County Jail just after 3:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013. 

The charge reportedly stems from allegations that Mallett threw a cell phone at her 13-year-old daughter during an argument the pair had on December 11.

The Iowa Press-Citizen reports a police complaint said Mallett had taken the phone from her daughter, and then became angry when the teen wouldn’t tell her the security code to access the phone.  Mallett then allegedly threw the phone from about four feet away.  The daughter reportedly suffered a cut to her head when the phone struck her.

Jail and court records show Mallett was held in lieu of $5,000 cash bond after she was charged with one felony count of child endangerment.  She was still in jail as of Monday afternoon, December 23.


    • Tiana Mallett

      Babies??? Young??? I’m 34 my daughter is 13, you do the math dummy. Oh and by the way she is my only child. In life accidents do happen and this is one I’ll forever regret. I ❤️ my only born child with every beat of my heart. The world is filled with enough parents who can give two f**** about what their kids are doing. Sorry that’s not me! Until you walk a mile in my shoes don’t judge me! Enough said, no response needed!

      • zz2u

        Hang in there mom. It is hard to keep your kid inline now. Too many parents just give up. Take her phone away and her freedom, Ground her for six months.

    • Tiana Mallett

      Also if you decide to say something stupid as a rebuttal, she has a father and that’s where she will be residing until WE work this messy situation out. Your not family so I feel this is not a concern of yours. Keep your negative comments to yourself.

  • j. johannsen

    Sounds to me like an out of control teen pushed mom over the edge. I can’t imagine why a teen wouldn’t give mom the phone code…perhaps mom was doing some checking…There could be more to this,, js

  • Tim

    If it had been me, the phone would’ve been completely destroyed and the daughter grounded for several months. I don’t care how old you are or what rights you think you have. When you live under your parent’s roof, especially when you’re a CHILD, your parents have every right to go through your personal devices and what they say goes. Screw this stupid kid who obviously had something to hide.

  • Jennifer

    I realize this obviously wasn’t the best way to handle the situation & sure there should be some repercussions…but really – a felony??? Come on…that’s just unnecessary…now maybe if her daughters cell phone was one of those original flip phones – like the Nextel brick I had – now that could do some damage…

  • Carmen Borden

    really? a felony? she’s 13, she doesn’t have a choice in the matter. give up the code. the mother must have believed something was going on, i doubt this came up out of the blue. and certainly 5k is too high of a bond for this incident. that being said, the mother didn’t need to throw it at her, she should have refused to give it to her until she gave the code up and grounded as well. now, i’d love to pose this question to the daughter, do you wish you would have just given your mother the answer to her question? i hope their relationship can recover after this.

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