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Jaica RowleyMesa, AZ — Jaica Rowley, 36, was arrested on charges of child abuse last week after police say she zip-tied her 11-year-old son to a pole in the backyard so she could run errands.

Police responded to Rowley’s home after a neighbor called authorities to report what sounded like a boy being hit by a woman.

When police arrived at the home, they found the child sitting with his arms and legs around a porch support post with his hands and feet zip-tied together. Officers saw some blood on the boy’s hand and on the porch.

“The zip ties were too tight, and he was complaining,” said police spokesman Detective Steve Berry. “Through using scissors, or something like that, to cut them off, she managed to cut his finger as well.  That didn’t apparently stop her from re-zip tying him to the pole.”

Rowley told the officers that while she was tying the kid up, he began complaining that the zip-tie was too tight. Compassionate woman that she is, she cut it off to relieve the pain, accidentally cutting his pinky finger in the process. She then threw a band-aid on that shit and tied him back to the pole.

She apparently felt it necessary to tie the child up while she ran an errand with her toddler daughter, police said, and was angry with him because though he was grounded, he left the house without permission.

“I never intended for my kid to be hurt. I was only trying to keep him safe and in one spot long enough for me to get my daughter out of the car.   Every time he’s in trouble, he takes off running,” says Rowley. “It was I needed to make sure that he didn’t take off, because he knew he was in trouble for shoplifting, until I could get my 2-year-old out of the car seat and in to change her diaper and figure out what I was going to do, so that I could finish doing the errands or whatever that I needed to do prior to him being arrested.”

Rowley was booked on one count of child abuse and one count of unlawful imprisonment. She is on supervised release and is not permitted to return to her home or see her children.

The children have been taken into protective custody.

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  • Sam

    I feel a little bit double about this. It sounds like at least she was trying to keep him from getting into more trouble, and i must admit i have more than a few times had the quandary of trying to juggle several urgent matters whilst trying to change a full-to-the-brim (and sometimes beyond :/ ) nappy – but damn, woman, why not just lock him in his room?

  • Eliza Berntsen

    This looks like one of those situations that you are, as a parent, feeling so desperate, frustrated and out of control that you commit actions and make decisions which normally would leave you horrified.

  • CT

    Duct tape.

  • Vannessa

    “what sounded like a boy being hit by a woman.” Sorry but that made me laugh. Did it sound like she wasn’t making good contact? Not enough strength with her strikes?

  • Sam

    Well, it’s certainly a novel way of trying to turn your pre-pubescant boy off of pole dancing.

  • SayAunt

    Seriously, if my mom looked like her I’d run whether in trouble or not. And Mesa, AZ isn’t that where the lovely Jodi Arias defended got all stabby?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Poor mom is pushed to the end of her rope with this little delinquent, probably BEGGING for help with him, and since he’s 11, there’s not much to be done with him. Well, maybe NOW someone will pay attention to the fact he’s a terror.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Well, I hope this doesn’t effect her chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights.

  • newstarshipsmell

    So she thought tying the kid up outside and abandoning him there was a good idea, and her 11yo’s a budding shoplifter? Sounds like the apple fell far from the tree.

  • JGo555

    I thought the kid got bullied and she went to jail after knocking heads for him. THIS!? This is unacceptable.

  • alphatroll

    In Mesa? Bitch is lucky it’s Winter or she’d be up for murder.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Parenting… You’re just not doing it right.

  • Buffettgirl

    I just spit my coffee all over my keyboard! Priceless! 😉

  • The children were taken into protective custody yet she is not allowed to return to her home? I kind of feel bad for her. I hope she gets to keep her kids but with a little bit of oversight by their version of CPS. That would also allow them to get involved and help the 11 year old’s obvious problems.

  • xoodloverx

    soooo, did the son end up getting arrested for the shoplifting or are they just ignoring it to show him how he doesn’t need to be responsible for his actions?

  • tkaz

    Yeah but how many people are on here in a story because they were arrested for locking their kid in a room? O.o
    I get what you’re saying though.

  • tkaz

    Mesa is the area that is pretty low-rent, but they have a Mormon Temple & new homes are affordable so all sorts of people reside there. They also have awesome museums so…you just never know what the demographic will be.

  • tkaz

    Good thing it was last week…it was in the 70s. This past weekend it rained a LOT. Too bad the kid didn’t wait until Saturday to get in trouble – no one would’ve wanted to go outside.

  • SayAunt

    Down Votes? Have we lost the true meaning of this DD board? I guess I’ll have to change my avatar to Mary Poppins!

  • onlyme356

    The boy is lacking a father figure and mom is trying to handle him

  • Martin Huizing

    No, it is not (one of those situations). All events leading up to that moment is what caused this situation. You can’t blame the kid either ’cause it is the parents raising them that way.
    If the kid was taught values he would be helping his mother getting his sister out of the car. IMHO
    The punishment of taking the kids away from a parent, in this situation, fits the crime of neglecting them in the first place.

  • wastintime

    Someone should tell her that’s the wrong way to teach a kid how to poll dance.

  • wastintime

    Maybe he is acting out because his mom’s a shit stain.

  • wastintime

    Haha! I was thinking along the same line! Bitch hits like a girl!!

  • wastintime

    Apparently its touchy- feely day. And not in the fun way.

  • wastintime

    Lack of good parenting, period.

  • Lena60

    lmao Sam

  • Sam

    Or, the boy was really used to being the centre of attention in that household and was acting out to get more of mummy’s attention now that the baby was getting it all (at least in his perception).

  • wastintime

    Or a divorce, death in the family, hanging out with the wrong people. Or just a bad kid. I got the bad mother thing becouse in another article, neighbors said she was.always yelling and cussing at the kids. But whatever the reason, he is still young enough that he can get off this path. I hope he does.

  • tami

    exactly, there’s nothign i hate more than cps >:( they’re a mess

  • tami

    there’s no 100% perfect way to raise your child. no one’s perfect and we all scrwe up, not saying i would do what she did and that i agree. but i think she should get her kids back WITH supervision, not have them taken away by that godawful cps. ugh just saying their name makes me want to punch a wall.

  • wastintime

    I agree, there is no perfect way to raise a child, and no perfect children. But using zip ties to restrain a child is not good parenting. Therefore, lack of good parenting.

  • nomorepolitix

    aaaaand she was SO busy taking care of this problem kid that she was too busy to get knocked up again. Oops. She has a toddler, right? Any bets on how many baby daddies there are (not) in the picture? Unless the kid has mental illness proven NOT to be caused by the mother boozing it up during her pregnancy, the kid’s disposition and attitude are a direct reflection of shitty parenting.

  • nomorepolitix

    Oops again: just watched the interview–she has 5 kids. Wonder if the 11 year old ever got any attention or good parenting at all… http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/Mesa-woman-Jaica-Rowley-accused-of-zip-tying-11-year-old-son-to-the-backyard-porch

  • dissturbbed one

    Mom trying to control her kids gets punished and people wonder whats wrong with america. Kids nowadays have it freaking made, they sit on their azz playing video games doing what they want because society will punish a parent for disciplining their own kids. When i was a kid i was locked outside and what did i do? i went out and played with other kids and when i did something wrong i got an ass whooping sometimes i even had to kneel down in the corner or had to stay in my room for hours. I learned my lesson real quick when i got that azz whooping. My friend got it worse his mom got a stick off the tree and beat his azz with it. The kid who didnt have a dad and got no punishment whatsoever eventually made it to prison twice. People make me with nowaday..it will eventually catch up.

  • dissturbbed one

    Bullshit, i have seen the perfect family with one kid out of five be the ultimate screw up. His other siblings were well mannered and etc. Jeffrey Dahmer was the same way, he was brought up by the ultimate christian family his brother become an outstanding person. So i dont want to hear its the parents fault alone.

  • khaosnj

    Did it occur to anyone that the mom is full.of shit? obviously anyone who gets caught doing some shit like that to a kid is gonna try and pull the”he deserved it cause he’s a bad boy” card