She told the inspector that her daughter didn’t carry trash bags and that the girl didn’t carry the envelope out of the family's home either.
She also told the inspector her daughter's age and asked that the citation be rescinded.
"The inspector's response was there was a piece of trash in the alley with Harper's name on it," Westover told the Post. "I said, 'I understand that, but she's only 2 years old. Are you willing to rescind the ticket?' She said, 'No' …. They list Harper as a 'violator.' As a mom, it bothered me."
Plus, Westover received her own $75 ticket for littering too. She received it in the mail with another piece of mail addressed to her as evidence.
But Westover said her family doesn't litter. She said every week she or her husband leaves the trash bin outside their home in the alley for garbage pickup.
She also told the Post that a collection truck can't squeeze into the street where the family leaves their trash, so workers come by the alley, take the trash bags from everyone's bins and carry them down the alley to throw in the garbage trunk.
Westover wondered if a garbage man accidentally left the bag behind.
It wasn't until Chuck Westover, Harper's father, posted an image of the citation online and garnered widespread attention that the family heard of the city's plan to resolve the ticket.
Zy Richardson, director of the department's communications office, called Theresa Westover and told her that if she submitted proof of Harper's age, the violation and fine would be rescinded.
"I have to send them a birth certificate," Theresa Westover said. "I shouldn't have had to wait for someone in the communications department to call me before common sense takes place."
A public works official eventually waived both Harper's and her Theresa's violations.
Read more at The Washington Post.