An Auburn woman called police when her 17-year-old son became enraged during a disagreement.
The woman said she turned off her son’s cell phone when he attempted to call his girlfriend’s mother. The son, David Paul Richards, age 17 of 269 Appalachee Church Road became angry, walked downstairs and threw his dinner against a wall.
According to the report, Richards began yelling obscenities at his mother while he rummaged through her purse in an attempt to find her car keys. Richards then walked into the master bedroom and kicked the closet door in an attempt to get to his medication.
When the mother blocked his path so that he could not kick the closet door, Richards went into another bedroom and began throwing glass vases and candlesticks across the room.
Later, when Richards and his mother had returned to the kitchen, Richards threw a set of car keys at his mother striking her in the thigh. Richards then pushed his mother into a chair causing her to hit her chest on the back of the chair.
According to the mother, Richards began to calm down at that point and begged his mother to drive him to his girlfriend’s house. When the mother refused, Richards threatened to throw her laptop computer out into the rain. Richards then left the room saying he was going to throw stereo equipment into the rain as well.
While Richards was unhooking the stereo equipment, the mother called 911.
When officers arrived, Richards resisted arrest. He was subsequently charged with obstruction, family violence battery and third degree cruelty to children.
Other arrests made by Auburn Police this past week include:
• Timothy Dee Bridges, 20, 92 West May Street, Winder, battery and robbery.
• Joseph Vinson Cleveland, 28, 315 East Wright Street, Winder, possession of methamphetamine, oxycodone, marijuana and drug related object.
Spare the rod, spoil the child. If I had acted like that I would have failed to reach my 18th birthday. Its obvious that the mother and father of this child failed miserably. They failed instill discipline and respect into this young man. Ii predict that this wont be his first brush with the law.
11/05/09 at 11:09 AM
Hard to raise kids, difficult kids need so much extra discipline and the law simply doesn't allow that to happen.
The concept of "I brought you into this world and I can take you back out" is just no longer acceptable to the public.
Beatings only appear to work because kids get better at hiding misbehavior from parents. They have a great incentive to learn, after all.
They will end up resenting the parent(s) for it, or they'll forget all the negatives and only remember the apparent positives and think it's a grand idea to beat their kids when they have them.
outside observer looking in
11/08/09 at 06:21 PM
one way to break him (paul david richards) from this type of behavior ....is simply wait until he cools down,,,,then throw some military literature around,,,talk agaist the military,VOW to never let him enlist,,,,then call your local Marine recruiter....problem solved...