I understand perfectly. Nobody, but nobody drops a camera other than "by accident".
I have the previous model, Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS, and it's built like a Mack Truck, but I never got the opportunity to actally drop it and find out.
I'm almost sure there is no damage to the camera, because that sounds like a LOW BATTERY condition more than anything else. OK?
See if you can find a place like a Supermarket where they sell this type of batteries. Should cost around $15.00 for a Lithium type.
The regular Alkaline batteries may last 5 or 10 shots, but it will be enough to prove your innocence.
If the camera is indeed broken, you can blame it on your Mom for not attaching the carry-strap, or putting the camera out of the reach of a curious inquisitive child.
If that does not work, offer to get a newspaper route, wash dishes and do menial chores for the rest of your residence at home.
Trust me, a mother's heart is usually soft. Your repentance may be enough to be forgiven.
Failing all this, inquire about a name change, and which foreign country accepts undocumented refugees.
on Jun 21, 2011