"She is happy to be home with her kids again. She didn't feel good about being away from them after the news of her arrest broke," says a source. "Her kids are everything to her."
People magazine reports Witherspoon called Ava, 13, and Deacon, 9, - her children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe – to tell them what happened before it hit the news. Witherspoon is also mom to 7-month-old Tennessee with husband Jim Toth.
The 37-year-old actress was arrested in Atlanta on Friday, April 19 for disorderly conduct after she mouthed off to an officer and refused to listen to his instructions as he arrested Toth, 42, for drunk driving. A source close to the couple says they are “evaluating” their actions. “It was a really bad decision on both their parts and trust me, they're evaluating that and they will make damn sure it doesn't happen again,” says the source.
Witherspoon, who was in Atlanta to film The Good Lie, issued an apology soon after her arrest. “Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she said. "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."