Mother of two charged with abandoning children to go to job interview

theGRIO REPORT - A mother of two was charged with child abandonment leaving her children near a food court while she interviewed for a new job...

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A college student and mother of two was charged with child abandonment after leaving her kids near a mall food court to go to a job interview.

The mother, Laura Browder, said she did not have time to line-up child care. She said she purchased food for her children at a McDonald’s at the Memorial City Mall in Houston and then sat them down.

She said her two children, a six-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, were “in view,” about roughly 30 feet away.

KHOU-TV in Houston reports Browder’s arrest came “moments” after she accepted the job offer. An officer approached her shortly after.

Browder told KHOU-TV  what happened was “unfortunate.” Her full statement is below:

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.

Browder also posted a status update on her Facebook page, telling her friends her two children are with her providing “all the strength” she needs:

Currently I have 146 text messages and 70 missed calls, I don't even know 20 people but I sure hope once this passed and…

Posted by Laura C. Browder on Saturday, July 18, 2015