ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/CBS Las Vegas) — A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book “Twilight” and two-DVD set “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” back to the library on time.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed at her Portales home in front of her five small children earlier this month for the $36 worth of library materials not returned since 2010.
Her attorney says arrest warrants were mailed last year to an address at which Teel hadn’t lived since childhood, but Teal was arrested by officers investigating a disturbance.
“Honestly, it was awful,” Teel said of the arrest to the Journal. “For me, it was very awful because I have never been in trouble for anything in my life.”
Teel’s children, ages 1 to 10, stayed with a neighbor as Teel spent the night in jail, according to media reports.
“My kids are still very emotional,” Teel told the Journal. “They had to stay with a complete stranger. My 3-year-old is traumatized over it. She will not leave my side.”
Her charges were later dismissed.