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Scottsboro grandfather arrested for disciplining children at McDonald's

James Chapman (Source: Scottsboro Police Department) James Chapman (Source: Scottsboro Police Department)
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

A grandfather is facing charges for disciplining his grandchildren during a lunchtime trip to McDonald's on May 10.

The 73-year-old man, James Chapman of Scottsboro, is facing two counts of domestic violence for punishing his adopted grandchildren at the Scottsboro restaurant.

"Officers get there and did an investigation and an individual was arrested for two counts of domestic violence," says Lt. Erik Dohring with the Scottsboro Police Department.

"Mr. Chapman is a grandfather. He's 73-years-old. He's never been in any trouble like this before," said Chapman’s attorney, Justin Lackey.

Chapman's attorney said they plan to fight the charges in court and argued parents have the right to appropriately discipline their children. 

Chapman's attorney feels his client was justified in his actions. Chapman said the police got involved after a man at the restaurant who he did not even know confronted him about the way he was disciplining the children.

"Someone butted in on a situation and overreacted to what was really a minor thing," said Lackey.

But now Chapman is having to defend himself in court to clear his name for what he feels is a parental responsibility.

"If there were more people disciplining their children instead of overreacting to people doing that kind of thing we wouldn't have near the problems that we have," said Lackey.

Chapman is set to appear in court on June 27.

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