Chalk It Up? Toddler Banned from Sidewalk Art

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Little Emerson Cohen loves to draw on the sidewalk in front of her home -- as many kids do during the summer. But some neighbors aren't appreciating the 3-year-old's artwork.

Now, she and her family are in an unusual battle with the neighborhood home owner's association that could lead to fines.

Emerson's mom Sarah and her husband recently bought a home in Stapleton, Colo., because it seemed to be a family friendly area.

They thought the courtyard in front of their house would be a perfect place for Emerson to play. But the HOA says her doodles on the concrete are "offensive and distracting."

"She's not bothering anyone and it's actually pretty neat," her mom said. "She's learning how to spell her name."

Learning or not, the HOA will meet to discuss how to handle the sidewalk chalk debate. Because the courtyard is shared property, neighbor complaints have to be taken seriously.

Meanwhile, Cohen plans to let her daughter continue to draw with the chalk, which isn't permanent.

Should this neighborhood pick on someone their own size? Or is the HOA doing its job by enforcing the rule?

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