Woman Jailed for Overdue Twilight Book
Lori Teel owed almost $36, now plans legal action
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2012 12:11 PM CDT
A scene from 'Twilight.'   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper)

(Newser) – In Portales, New Mexico, library fines are no laughing matter, as one mother of five learned after racking up $35.98 in overdue charges for a double dose of Twilight in book and movie form. Lori Teel couldn't remember borrowing the material in 2010, but law enforcement apparently hadn't forgotten: They arrested her in front of her kids this month and forced her to spend the night in jail, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The police were at her place to investigate her husband on battery charges when they realized that Teel herself was wanted. Earlier summons and warrants for her arrest were sent to the wrong address, her lawyer says. Her kids, aged one to 10, stayed at a neighbor's house while she was behind bars. Charges against her have been dropped, but her lawyer says she plans to take legal action over the incident. "My kids are still very emotional," Teel notes. "They had to stay with a complete stranger. My three-year-old is traumatized over it. She will not leave my side."