Published: May 18, 2010 11:30 PM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The mother of a five-year-old boy who was handcuffed by authorities from the Lee County Sheriff's Office says she'd do it all again.

"If more parents did what I did, we wouldn't have the crime we have now," said Michelle, the boy's mother. She says she stands by her decision to involve her son in a mock arrest.

A witness captured a photograph of the young young boy, who stood handcuffed and crying as he was reprimanded by authoritie. Police were reportedly threatening to put the child in jail; he was also placed in the rear of the police cruiser.

In an interview with WINK News, the boy's mother said that this was an attempt to teach a lesson to the boy, who has reportedly been setting fires inside the home recently.