Baytown throws the book at overdue Mom

Baytown woman arrested for overdue library book
— reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13

A Baytown woman got pulled over, thinking she’d just get a ticket. Instead, she was arrested and you won’t believe why. It’s a story that will have you thinking twice about keeping those library books long after they’re due.


“I didn’t know you could go to jail for not returning a library book,” she said.

“It’s a violation of the city ordinance,” explained Baytown Assistant City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said both the city attorney and the library sent Ibarra notices about her overdue book and her $118 fine.

After months with no response, a warrant was issued for her arrest and the rest is history. Ibarra says she never received the notices because she moved, but she accepts responsibility for her actions, even though she thinks the consequence was extreme.


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