Police arrested a mother in Oregon after she allegedly left her children in the park to go get a tattoo on Sept. 9.
The children, ages 3 and 8, were found alone hiding from the rain in a public restroom at Harleman Park in the city of Cornelius, reports Oregon Live.
One family called the police after spotting the young children alone.
Sgt. Bob Ray, a spokesman for Washington County Sheriff's Office, says police found the kids in a terrified state.
“The children were frightened when it began to rain and hid in the park bathroom,” Ray said.
Ana Lisa Lara, 28, had reportedly left the children alone for an hour while she went to get a tattoo nearby.
According to Oregon law, it is a crime to leave children under the age of 10 alone without an adult chaperone.
As a result, when Lara came back 24 minutes later, police charged the mother with first-degree criminal mistreatment, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree child neglect.
Social media users were outraged the mother prioritized a tattoo over her children's safety.
"With all the predators and horrible people out there she abandoned her own children," wrote one woman on MommyPages' Facebook page. "Must have a screw loose, glad that the authorities are involved. Thank you for calling the police, this could have ended in a tragedy."
"She has shown that a tattoo is more important than her children's safety," commented a second. "She's lucky that they weren't picked up by a Child molester. She shouldn't get them back for a while....she needs to take some courses."
While some agreed it was unwise for Lara to leave her kids alone, some still thought the Oregon law was unfair.
"OK guys, I am 58 years old," wrote one person in Oregon Live's comments section. "Leaving a 3 year old is clearly wrong. Repeat, CLEARLY WRONG. But the law says anyone under 10 leaving them alone is illegal? What snowflake created that law? When I was 6-10, me my friends, etc roamed everywhere within established boundaries. We all turned out fine."
The user noted: "Most of my friends came out fine w/college degrees. Somewhere btn 6 and 8, kids need a little off leash room, otherwise they are just another snowflake that will melt when a little heat comes."
"I'm 33 and my childhood was much the same," agreed another. "While I would never personally leave my kids alone at a park for that long, it's hardly the end of the world that this happened, and I think it's an extreme overreaction to arrest this woman and charge her with multiple crimes."