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Is This Justice? Ohio Man Loses Job, Arrested After Kid Skips Church to Play in Neighborhood Instead

An Ohio man says his life was turned upside down all because his 8-year-old decided to skip church.

Jeffrey Williamson claimed that he was in his living room in his Blanchester, Ohio home when the church van pulled up on Sunday morning.

“My kids run in the house in the living room here and tell me, ‘Hey, Dad, the church van’s here. We’re leaving. We’re going on to church,’ ” Williamson said.

He did not realize that his 8-year-old, Justin, had other plans and never got into the van.

Somehow, a while later, Justin ended up a half a mile from his family’s home at a Family Dollar Store and police were called. The officers also said that Justin did not know his address or how to get home, something Justin’s dad said cannot possibly be true.

“He knows his way around this whole neighborhood right here,” Williamson explained. “I told the cop he goes out in the neighborhood and plays every day with all the other kids.There’s a million kids around here that play. I know the parents. The parents know me.”

Williamson also said that the police, who eventually brought Justin home, were still around when the van pulled up to drop off the other kids and he was arrested right in front of Justin and his siblings.

“Every time that we leave in our car or drive down the street or something like that, every time they see a cop in Blanchester, they freak out and say, ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, are they going to arrest you?'” Williamson said.

When the arrest was made public, Williamson also lost his job at McDonald’s (he has since found another job).  He is now due in court on July 15th to face child endangerment charges and may face up to six months in jail.

“It’s ridiculous to me that I was arrested for this,” he said, claiming he and his family have paid much too high of a cost because his kid decided to skip church to go play.

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