This Single Mom Was Arrested For ‘Abandoning’ Children She Was 30 Feet Away From

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houston_mom_arrestedThis is getting ridiculous. A single mother in Houston, Texas, was arrested this week for “abandoning” her children, whom she was 30 feet away from and in sight of at all times.

Probably worst of all, the mother was interviewing for a job when the so-called “abandonment” occurred. According to Raw Story, Laura Browder was called for a sudden job interview and had no time to arrange child care before she went to the interview. Because the interview was at a mall near the food court, she set her 6-year-old and 2-year-old up at a nearby table, gave them lunch, and told them to eat their food and wait there while she was in the interview.

Browder’s interview was 30 feet away from where the children were eating, and they were reportedly in her line of sight the whole time. Luckily Browder got the job, but when she went to pick up her children she was arrested for abandoning them because someone had called the police.

“This was very unfortunate this happened. I had a interview with a very great company with lots of career growth,” Browder said. “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.”

Browder was sent before a judge, who wisely released her immediately and gave her back her children, but CPS is still investigating.

Browder got the job she was interviewing for, but she’s worried the arrest might have cost her the opportunity. It sounds like she will be OK, though, because when the news got out of the ridiculous arrest, she reportedly received several other job offers and offers of assistance from people looking to help.

(Photo: Houston PD)