The mother of a four-year-old girl caught drawing on rocks with chalk on public property has been ordered to serve 50 hours of community service for her crime.
Mother Susan Mortensen, 29, was offered the exchange of community service over a fine of $2,500 after police in Richmond, Virginia ticketed her in March over her daughter’s ‘graffiti’ work.
‘It is all the same thing,’ Ralph White, park manager of the James River Park Systems told NBC12. ‘A couple weeks ago I was covering pornographic drawings done in chalk. It doesn’t matter what the medium is. It’s offensive.’
Appearing in court on Tuesday, chalk supporters wrote colourful messages of encouragement along the sidewalks for the mother and child.
Inside, officers said they were cracking down on recent graffiti left by people on the area’s rocks when they approached Ms Mortensen, several of her friends and her daughter over their work.
In newly added claims against the mother, the responding officer accused her of responding with obscene language and being uncooperative.
‘I don’t think I should comment on that,’ Ms Mortensen told NBC12 responding to those accusations, ‘but the outcome all in all was actually something that I would agree with and I thought it would help as far as doing community service.’
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