Grandpa vindicated in using excessive discipline at Scottsboro McDonald's

Updated: Jun. 28, 2016 at 6:15 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - A grandfather was vindicated in court over the way he disciplined his adopted grandchildren while at a McDonald's.

James Chapman talked exclusively with WAFF about his arrest for domestic violence and the charges being d ropped if he stays out of trouble for a year.

It's been an emotional time for Chapman, especially the time he wasn't able to be with the children, but he's glad to put this ordeal behind him.

"I feel relieved. I'm just glad it's finished," said Chapman.

Chapman is glad domestic violence charges involving his grandchildren are over but he feels strongly about it.

"I was done unjust. I should have never been arrested but I was," said Chapman.

Chapman was arrested earlier this year after a patron at the McDonald's in Scottsboro called police claiming he disciplined the children too hard and pulled one out of the vehicle by the arm which his attorney said surveillance video shows that's not the case.

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"I reviewed it with my client and I reviewed it on my own and we couldn't see any wrongdoing that occurred on the video," said Chapman's attorney Justin Lackey.

For the first time in his life, the 73-year-old man spent 24 hours in jail and DHR kept him from the children for a week and he had to live somewhere else.

"When I needed a shower and change my clothes I had to call my wife and she would take the children and leave," said Chapman.

After a week he was cleared and was able to see them.

"Well, when I got home I had all three of them in my lap. I couldn't get them down," said Chapman.

The ordeal at McDonald's has Chapman rethinking using discipline in public for fear of arrest.

"Yes sir, I will be very careful. Very, very careful," said Chapman.

Chapman also agreed to pay court costs and not sue the city of Scottsboro.

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