Mother Faces Charges Over Son’s Laughing In Library

Updated 09/06/11 4:31 p.m.

Atlanta (WAOK)– A trial date has been set for a 20-year-old single mother who was arrested after her son made laughing noises while in a Decatur library. 

Donnetta Foster was thrown out of the library after she said her 14-month-old son, Savon, made a laughing noise while looking at an animal flash card in October 2010.  Ms. Foster was a full-time student at Georgia Perimeter studying Business Administration when the incident happened. She told police she was at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County library using the computers to look for employment when her son began laughing. Police were called and she was asked to leave. 

Police arrested Foster across the street from the library while she was waiting for a police sergeant to arrive at the scene. Officials said she was arrested after becoming angry, and using profanity in front of children.

“Ms. Foster was upset because no one would listen,” her attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Anyone would be upset.”

According to the report, Foster was issued a criminal trespass warning and “became irate yelling in a loud and boisterous manner,” the report said. After being asked to calm down and leave the library, Foster apparently left, only to return “within minutes … yelling and cursing.”

Ms. Foster faces charges of obstruction for what she says was a request for the police officer to take a report from her regarding how she was inappropriately treated by library staff. Foster could face up to a year in jail if she is found guilty at her trial.  

The trial date has been set for September 13, 2011 before Dekalb County State Court Judge Janis Gordon.

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