Parent accused of putting illegal recording devices on child’s wheelchair pleads guilty

LIVINGSTON – A Livingston Parish mother has pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor wiretapping after being accused of illegally placing recording devices on her daughter’s wheelchair, court documents show.

Amanda Carter, 39, turned herself in at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on November 29, 2022, before being released on bond.

During her hearing on June 21, Carter was placed on two years of bench probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine. As a condition of her plea, she is prohibited from bringing any recording devices into any Livingston Parish school facility. Violating this condition could result in jail time.

Carter was initially facing 20 counts of felony interception & disclosure of wire, electronic or oral communication when she turned herself in.

“We’re pleased with the result,” said Carter’s attorney Joe Long. “Anytime you can get the felonies dismissed and plead to a minor misdemeanor. She got some closure. That’s what she wanted.”

Long said his client agreed to the stipulation not to bring recording devices into any school facility because there are cameras in the classroom so she can monitor her child.

“She had asked them originally if they could put a camera in the classroom so she can watch her child,” Long said. “They put the cameras in the classroom now, so there’s no need for a listening device. They said don’t bring any more listening devices, and she was OK with that because now she can monitor whatever happens since there are cameras in the classroom now.”

In November 2022, Carter contacted Unfiltered with Kiran, stating that she has a non-verbal daughter attending Live Oak High School in Livingston Parish and that she records encounters at the school because she believes school personnel mistreats her daughter.

Parents of some of the children who were allegedly recorded also contacted UWK in November 2022, reporting that one of the alleged incidents occurred on November 4, involving a coach speaking to her students.

The parents were notified about the alleged recordings. According to the parents, the coach addressed her students when she noticed an empty wheelchair.

Due to a previous incident involving a recording device found on the wheelchair, a school official inspected the wheelchair, and the parents claimed that a recording device was discovered.

To verify the presence of the device on the wheelchair, school officials removed it and sent both the wheelchair and the student home. Upon the daughter’s return home, Carter reportedly sent an email to school officials inquiring about the whereabouts of the recording device. In the email, Carter allegedly demanded the return of all her recording devices.

“My client is relieved,” Long said. She has a large family to tend to, and she looks forward to putting this behind her and taking care of her children.”

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