Woman sues DeKalb County, New Birth for $78 million
Things at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church may have faced adversity, but one woman claims that the church made her life hell for over 78 days.
According to Dekalb County News, Arettonette Ingram has filed a lawsuit, after she says she was arrested on terroristic threat charges.
Ingram claims that a New Birth youth ministry counselor relayed false statements to police about a phone conversation they had subsequently resulting in her arrest.
Authorities accused Ingram of threatening to kill herself and her two children, after threatening to “blow up” U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office.
Ingram told local news stations that she “never said anything threatening or derogatory” and was unsure why she was jailed on the false charges. Although unclear, Ingram spent almost 3 months in jail before the case was dismissed and now she wants justice.
“I was allowed to fall through the legal system’s cracks,” Ingram told reporters.
Although Ingram claims that the incident was unmerited, New Birth claims that its employees had nothing to do with Ingram’s arrest or incarceration.
Ingram is seeking a total of $78 million in damages from the incident-$1 million for each day she served.
DeKalb County jail records show she was arrested May 21, 2008, and released Aug. 6, 2008.