A Houston mother was charged with abandoning her two children at a mall while she was in a job interview.
Laura Browder had just moved to Houston from Chicago with her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old-son. She went to the mall for a job interview and brought her children because it was too short-notice to set up child-care. The interview was at the food court, so Browder sat her children near a McDonald's and walked over to the interview.
According to Browder, she was never more than 30 feet away from her children and she always maintained a line of sight to them.
When she finished the interview, she returned to her children and a police officer arrived on the scene to arrest her.
Browder was taking the interview so that she could get a new job to provide for her children. She accepted the position that she interviewed for.
When news got out about her arrest, her community wanted to help her and she received several other job offers. She is not sure if the arrest will jeopardize the position she accepted.
Child Protective Services said that the investigation is ongoing.
Browder made a statement, saying, "This was very unfortunate this happened. I had a interview with a very great company with lots of career growth. I am a college student and mother of two. I would never put my name, background or children in harms way intentionally. I have a promising future ahead of me regardless of what the media tries to portray me as. A judge released my children to me knowing that I was a good mother who just made a not so smart decision. My children weren't even 30 yards away from me, I fed them and sat there with them until it was time to meet with my interviewer. This too will pass and I am not concerned with outsiders have to say or what they think."
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