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Mom reports son for allegedly stealing iPad from 2-year-old

Technically Incorrect: A Houston mom sees surveillance video of a young man taking an iPad from a child and pushing the child. Then she thinks she recognizes the young man.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

A scene from the surveillance video. KHOU-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

These days, parenting is surely the hardest job in the world.

Some parents give their little ones iPads in order to keep them quiet.

Other parents, on seeing someone who looks remarkably like their teenage son stealing an iPad from a 2-year-old, actually choose to report them to the police.

That, at least, was the alleged scenario in Houston. As KHOU-TV reported Wednesday, surveillance footage showed a young man bending down toward a child outside what the locals call a washateria and what I know of as a laundramat.

Then, in the words of Houston Police officer Ken Nealy, the youth "takes the iPad from the child and, in doing so, he kind of gives him a shove and the child falls to the ground."

Neither the suspect nor the victim in the April 19 incident have been named.

However, the mom and her husband allegedly saw the footage on TV and had a less-than-proud "that's our son" moment.

Some may see a parallel between this mother's actions and that of a Baltimore mom who smacked her kid on the street as he became involved in the civic unrest there.

This isn't the first time someone has tried to steal a gadget from a child. Just a couple of years ago, a store surveillance camera in the UK captured a man of some years stealing an iPhone from a child who was watching a cartoon.

Gadget theft has been big business for quite some time. Street criminals prey on the defenseless, with phones being their main priority. Recently, though, big cities such as London and New York have seen a drop in iPhone theft, as you can now activate a so-called kill switch when your phone is stolen.

Some thieves glory in their callousness. In the Houston case, however, perhaps the teen didn't calculate that his own parents might be the ones to turn him in.

Police now say he might have been involved in other crimes. I wonder what his mom will say if he is.