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Student wins stalking case against her own parents


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A musical theatre student from the US has won a case in which she accused her own parents of stalking her.

David and Julie Ireland were charged with installing monitoring software in their daughter Aubrey's computer and phone, in a bid to ensure she would succeed in college. Mr and Mrs. Ireland have now been ordered to have no contact with their 21-year-old daughter - their only child - before September 23rd 2013, and must keep 500 feet away from her at all times.

Aubrey, who is majoring in musical theatre at Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and regularly takes lead roles in college productions, claimed that her parents would travel the 600 miles from their home in Leawood, Kansas, and accuse her of being mentally ill and taking drugs.  

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Mr and Mrs. Ireland had reported to their daughter's head of department with concerns of her alleged mentally illness, and admitted installing monitoring device to track her every move.

As the situation escalated, the school  hired security guards to keep them out of her shows, the Enquirer reported. On September 24th Aubrey sought a civil stalking order after her parents went to the college and told staff they would try to take her away for mental evaluations, warning that it would "attract a lot of publicity."

Aubrey then cut all ties with her parents, and accused them in court of harassing her. Mr. and Mrs. Ireland demanded she return the $66,000 they had spent on her fees, which the judge refused. Aubrey was then awarded a full scholarship for her final year.

The two maintain that they had only acted in their daughter's best interests. "She's an only child who was catered to all her life by loving parents," Julie Ireland said in court. "We’re not bothering her. We're not a problem."

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