Parents did the right thing in Tyrone arrests

Tue, 05/12/2009 - 3:12pm
By: Letters to the ...

In light of information that I received after the article, “Tyrone police solve entering auto cases,” was published, I would like to provide your readers with some clarity on behalf of the Hullett family:

Kim Hullett located items that she suspected to have been stolen in a closet in her home after returning from a vacation and confronted her step-daughter about them.

This led them to contact the parents of Trey Mabry to advise them of the incidents here in Tyrone. Mr. Mabry’s father located more suspicious items in his son’s possession and contacted the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office to report his son and the suspected stolen items.

Our officers confirmed that the items in Mabry’s possession were from our cases and Mabry was placed under arrest.

After being contacted by our detectives about their daughter’s suspected involvement, the Hulletts were fully cooperative and brought Ashley in for questioning and encouraged her to cooperate. The information she provided allowed our detectives to recover a good portion of the stolen items and resolve this case.

I provide this information in the interest of fairness to the Hullett and Mabry families as the article provided only vague information about how the investigation led to the arrest of their children.

Both families made a very difficult decision in turning their children in to the police and we appreciate their honesty and their cooperation.

Chief Brandon Perkins

Tyrone Police Department

Tyrone, Ga.

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Submitted by MacTheKnife on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 1:54pm.

I imagine the parents will now undergo a period of second guessing themselves.

I know from personal experience that it is extremely difficult to exercise that old 'tough love' so many have heard about. But parents, I can assure you that in the long run it is what is best.

Your children will have to now, yet again, decide that they will either turn over a new leaf and do what is right and correct (and what you have faithfully modeled as appropriate behavior) or continue to head in the wrong direction, against the will and wishes of you parents.

Either way, you can look yourself in the mirror every night and with a clear conscience know that you did everything you could to teach and show your children that doing the right thing is the correct thing to do.

The choice will be theirs to make as they do indeed have free will; however, your choice insures that you have been a parent first and fulfilled your obligation to teach and live an example they should follow.

All of this is to say, please do not question yourselves and know that you did indeed do what you should have done.

Perhaps this will be the turning point for these kids that could one day prevent a much greater tragedy from occurring in their lives or in the lives of those they touch.

Kudos to the parents and to Ashley for telling the truth in difficult circumstances.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 1:41pm.

A very painful decision for these families, and I'm sure with the resulting court case and lawyer expenses, this will add an unnecessary expense to them as well. All to often we're too quick the blame the parents and their subsequent child rearing techniques. Sorry they were forced to prove their virtue.

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