Case Dismissed Against Miss. Child Who Was Arrested for Public Urination, Says Attorney

Quantavious Eason, 11, was arrested in August 2023 and sentenced to three months probation in December

<p>Courtesy Carlos Moore</p> Carlos Moore, Quantavious Eason and LaTonya Eason

Courtesy Carlos Moore

Carlos Moore, Quantavious Eason and LaTonya Eason

The case against the Mississippi child who was arrested in August for public urination has been dismissed, according to a release issued Monday by the boy's family’s attorney, Carlos Moore.

Quantavious Eason, now 11, was arrested for urinating in a Senatobia courthouse parking lot in August 2023. In a December hearing, the child was sentenced to probation and ordered to write a book report on the late Kobe Bryant.

“Judge Rusty Harlow ruled that Eason is not a child in need of supervision, effectively dismissing the Tate County Youth Court petition against him,” shared Moore.

Representatives for Moore’s office and Senatobia Mayor Greg Graves' office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for more information on Thursday.

Related: A 10-Year-Old Mississippi Boy Was Arrested for Urinating in Public. His Lawyer Says Race Played a Role

<p>WREG News Channel 3/Youtube</p> Quantavious Eason

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Quantavious Eason

Quantavious was 10 years old when he publicly urinated next to a car while waiting for his mother LaTonya Eason, who at the time was in a courthouse that had a sign indicating there were no public restrooms.

After being spotted by an officer, the 3rd-grade student was disciplined by his mother, CNN reported. But four other officers then appeared at the scene, arrested Quantavious and took him to the police station in a police car.

Moore has since argued that race played a part into Quantavious' arrest. “He did what any reasonable person would do: he urinated next to the car behind the door — not exposing himself to anyone,” Moore said, according to NBC. “He would not have been arrested, prosecuted or sentenced if he was any other color, race, besides Black.”

LaTonya agreed that her son has been treated unfairly, though said she was unsure if race was a factor. “My son is going through enough getting arrested," she told the press. "Then for him [to have] to see a probation officer and then write an essay, I don’t think it’s right or it’s fair."

Quantavious Eason on August 10, 2023.
Quantavious Eason on August 10, 2023.

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Meanwhile, the officer involved in the incident was terminated about 10 days after Quantavious' arrest.

“The officer’s decisions violated our written policy and went against our prior training on how to deal with these situations,” the Chief of the Senatobia Police Department said in a statement at the time. “As a result of this investigation, one of the officers involved is no longer employed, and the others will be disciplined. We will also have mandatory Juvenile training department-wide, just as we do every year.”

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