BERLIN — German authorities say a teenager had to be taken into protective custody after his mother became infuriated with him for turning her in to police for growing marijuana plants at home.

Police said Tuesday the 15-year-old called authorities to report his mother Monday night after confirming on the internet that the plants she was growing were marijuana.

Police say they found 19 plants as tall as 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) at their home in the southern town of St. Leon-Rot, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Frankfurt.

They opened an investigation of the boy’s mother, and she was so incensed with her son that they took him to a youth home as a safety precaution. They say that he may have to stay there “for some time.”

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