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article imageNew Mexico woman jailed for overdue 'Twilight' book and DVDs

By Brett Wilkins     Jun 30, 2012 in Crime
Portales - A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail after failing to return a book and a DVD set to her local library on time.
The Associated Press reports that Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed in front of her five young children on June 12 at her Portales home over $35.98 worth of library property overdue since 2010.
The late items were the popular vampire novel "Twilight" and the two-DVD The Twilight Saga: New Moon set.
Teel was summoned to appear in Portales Municipal Court but when she failed to show up, a judge issued an arrest warrant. But the woman's attorney claims that the notice to appear was erroneously mailed to an address she hasn't lived at since she was a child.
Local authorities confirmed that the summons mailed to Teel in March 2011 was returned to the court as undeliverable.
Officers responding to a June 12 domestic disturbance call involving Teel's husband realized there was a warrant out for her arrest and apprehended her.
"Honestly, it was awful," Teel, who spent a night in the Roosevelt County Detention Center, told the Albuquerque Journal . "For me, it was very awful because I have never been in trouble for anything in my life."
Teel's five children, ages 1 to 10, spent the night at a neighbor's home until their mother was released on $610 bond on June 13.
"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."
Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr has dropped all charged against Teel, according to court documents.
The woman's lawyer says she plans on taking legal action.
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