Hobbs Parents Now Being Held Responsible for Their Child’s Crimes

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - It's now an offical law in Hobbs, parents better keep control of the children or face the consequences.

NewsWest 9 first told you about the proposed city ordinance almost two weeks ago, but now the City Commission has voted in favor of it.

Specifically, the law looks to stop delinquent acts that range from graffiti to small thefts.

Under the new law, if a child under the age of 17 commits a crime, the parents can face fines and even jail time.

City Attorney Mike Stone says the ordinance will help Hobbs Police to cut down on crime in the city.

The new ordinance also includes requirements for parents to keep illegal drugs and firearms out of the home, plus officals hope it stops children from being truant.