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NM mom jailed for overdue library 'Twilight' book, DVDs

Edward, aka the vampire, and Bella, in scene from "Twilight" film; a New Mexico woman who failed to return the "Twilight" book and the movie DVD's to her local library was arrested and spent a night in jail
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(CBS/AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A New Mexico woman who says she doesn't remember checking out either the "Twilight" book or the two-DVD movie set from the library had to endure her own Twilight saga.

She was arrested in front of her children and spent a night in jail for not returning the materials to the library.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed at her Portales home in front of her five small children earlier this month for the $36 worth of 'Twilight' items that had gone unreturned since 2010.

Her attorney says arrest warrants were mailed last year to an address at which Teel hadn't lived since childhood, but she was taken into custody June 12 by officers investigating a disturbance.

While there, officers realized there was a warrant for her arrest, CBS affiliate KRQE reported.

"Honestly, it was awful," Teel said of the arrest and her night in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. "For me, it was very awful because I have never been in trouble for anything in my life."

Her children, ages 1 to 10, stayed in a neighbor's home until Teel was released the following morning on $610 bond, according to KRQE.

"My kids are still very emotional," Teel said. "They had to stay with a complete stranger. My 3-year-old is traumatized over it. She will not leave my side."

Teel's lawyer sent letters to Portales and Roosevelt County officials on Tuesday alerting them that Teel plans to file legal action for the arrest.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in Lori Teel's Twilight saga.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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