A single mom was arrested at the Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas, for allegedly “abandoning” her two and six-year-old children who were waiting for her 30 feet away.
Laura Browder had just moved to Houston from Chicago and was called in for a last-minute interview for a job, according to KHOU. Because she was new in town, she didn’t have anyone to watch her children, she said, so she took them with her and asked them to wait in the food court. She had just accepted the job when she was arrested.
Browder released a statement:
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.
She said she doesn’t know how her arrest will affect her opportunity with the company.
Another woman, Shanesha Taylor was arrested last year for leaving her children in the car while attending a job interview in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her story drew national media attention, and she was spared from having to go to jail over the incident and eventually reunited with her children.
Affordable child care is crucially important for families. Subsidies for low-income families who need child care have been falling, and last year it was at its lowest level in a decade. Such funding cuts are a challenge for poor families because they must often obtain child care to interview for work. It can be a tragic Catch-22.