Toddler fined for urinating in public

Published On: Sep 13 2012 09:00:50 AM CDT
potty ticket boy
PHILADELPHIA -

A Pennsylvania toddler could be fined for not being able to hold it until he found a restroom.  The mother of the 2-year-old said she could not believe a police officer handed her a ticket.

Nathaniel Robboy is learning in the world of potty training, you can't always pee where you want.

"While we're in the store, my 9-year-old and 2-year-old needed to use the bathroom.  And they asked if they could use the bathroom and were told no," said Caroline Robboy, Nathaniel's mother.

As the family left the store with her elderly in-laws and three children, Nathaniel ran to a nearby traffic pole.  He took matters into his own hands, and his mother tried to re-direct him.

"And, so I tell him, 'Go over to a grassy patch and make pee,' and next thing I know, I have an officer giving me a police ticket for public urination," Robboy said.

On the $50 ticket, the officer wrote Robboy told her son to go in the street and never acknowledged it was an accident. And then, Robboy said the officer lectured her on parenting.

"He said, 'I'm doing this for your own protection, because God forbid, there had been some pervert out there looking at my son,'" Robboy said.

Robboy said Nathaniel is a bright child who, except for this recent misfire, is doing well with his potty-training.  The two of them will fight the ticket.

"It's not about the $50  It's not the issue for me!  I want a place that feels friendly to me, that my children will feel safe and have positive experiences with police officers," Robboy said.