- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2014

A Michigan mother, her 16-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old boy face criminal charges after they used weed killer to burn a giant penis into a Temperance high school football field.

The pranksters face a felony charge of malicious destruction of soil at Bedford Senior High School, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. If convicted they could face up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

“It was a lot more than a prank given the significant damage and the disruption of school activities,” said Assistant Monroe County Prosecutor Leah Hubbard.

School events had to be moved, and “there have been countless hours of volunteer time to get the field back in playing condition,” she told the Free Press.

Friday night was homecoming at the school.

“It’s an unfortunate incident with unintended consequences,” Tim Churchill, a lawyer for the mother and daughter, told the Free Press. “I think what started out maybe in general as a prank turned out to be a very serious matter.”

The 50-year-old woman, Julie A. Baumgartner, also faces a misdemeanor count of contributing to delinquency of children, the paper said. Her daughter was placed in a Monroe County juvenile detention facility. The boy, who is not a student in the school district, had not yet been arraigned.

Mr. Churchill said the high school has scheduled a suspension and expulsion hearing for the daughter on Monday.

Court documents show the damage is between $1,000 and $20,000. Miss Hubbard said the final amount is still being calculated, but it is closer to the larger amount, the Free Press reported.

“The community is pretty upset,” she said.

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