Toddler gets a ticket for littering

WASHINGTON - The Westover family of Northeast D.C. got quite the shock when they opened their mailbox and found a citation for littering made out to their 2-year-old daughter, Harper.

"That's insane that they would do that to a 2-year-old, and we're the ones always asking for the city to come out and clean up the alley," said the girl’s dad, Chuck Westover

It seems Harper's name and address were on an envelope a Department of Public Works inspector apparently found in the alley behind their home.

Harper's mom Theresa said she called the inspector right away.

"I explained that she's not legally responsible for actions at the age of two and asked if she would rescind the ticket,” she said. “And she basically said she wouldn't rescind the ticket."

The citation is for $75.

"I asked to speak to her supervisor and I left a message for him but I haven't heard back from anybody," Theresa said.

The Westovers said they surmise that the envelope fell out of their trash and somehow made its way into the alley. They said the alley is often a mess and they've called 311 several times to alert the city to it.

While WUSA9 was on the scene, DPW Lead Inspector Andre Lee walked up to survey the situation. He said he's now going to rescind that citation.

"I've seen the cutest little 2-year-old, not an illegal dumper," he said. "And we're out here, we're going to clean it up we're going to make everything right."

Shortly afterwards, crews started cleaning up the garbage in the alley.

(© 2016 WUSA)


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