Homeless woman arrested for leaving kids in car during job interview

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Homeless woman arrested for leaving kids in car during job interview
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Sun, 03-30-2014 - 8:08am

Did you are the story about the homeless woman in Arizona who left her two year old and six month old child in her car unattended while she went oif in a job interview?  To me that sad story just underscores the whole issue of the complex and heartbreaking issue of poverty.  "Just go get a job" obviously isn't the answer, or the whole answer.  I don't know what her situation was or why she thought she could handle a job iwith two babies if she can't handle a job interview with two babies.  Obviously our social support system is very broken.  How many families are there like this, too desperate and poor to even access social services for fear of losing their kids?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
A story like this wouldn't be making the news if it happened all the time. If she is homeless but can find a way to look for a job and get on a job interview there are ways to find daycare for her two year old and baby too, Social services don't stop doing their job to babysit but they can provide her the resources to find daycare, The story is heart wrenching but it's not entirely a broken system problem.

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009

While it is obviously wrong and dangerous for anyone to leave small children unattended in a car, it seems like arresting her is only going to compound the problem.  It's harder to get a job with a criminal record than without one, and she does not seem like she was sitting around looking for a handout the way that some people characterize the poor as doing.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001

My heart goes out to her...I was still am a Single Mom with two kids...
It wasn't easy and too many are quick to judge...:(...
I remember my now ex-husband telling me he couldn't take the kids...he had to work, ironically I did to...
His family did not want him bringing them when he had visitation because they did not want the responsibility...they wanted me to tell him though...;)...lol...
I think she was trying to do her best, Anybody remember Sally J R she lived in her car and went on to be a very successful woman...
<3
Arresting this woman is not the answer...

Nightangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>While it is obviously wrong and dangerous for anyone to leave small children unattended in a car, it seems like arresting her is only going to compound the problem.  It's harder to get a job with a criminal record than without one, and she does not seem like she was sitting around looking for a handout the way that some people characterize the poor as doing.</p>

Then perhaps you'd like to point the finger to the law and what constitutes crime.  Which is better IYO, sitting at home waiting for a hand out or going on a job interview and keeping your small children in the car?  Your expressions of pity for both shines through.  

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-31-2011

jamblessedthree wrote:
there are ways to find daycare for her two year old and baby too.

Could you point out such a resource? Maybe one in Scottsdale? I looked for free daycare for unemployed people, but came up empty-handed. Perhaps you have the ability to find such resources as a budding social worker?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2013

There is not much to that story. Hard to have a discussion on.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Obviously I am not in favor of leaving a baby nd a toddler unattended in a car. That's just insane. On the other hand, it's hard to condemn the mother. Maybe she had childcare arrangements that fell apart at the last moment and she just panicked because she really needed a job, and she just prayed it would all be OK. We don't know. I just really don't see how arresting her helped at all. She needs a social worker, not a jail or prison stint.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009

We ,of course do not know the back story or her thought process at the time.

She seemed to be between a rock and a hard place and made the decision at the time that she thought was the best,  It could have been that she had childcare that  fell though or it could have been that she never had any childcare but felt that getting the job was more important  then the risk she was talking in leaving them in the car alone.  Sometmes there is no good choice. 

One thing that I think is good about our legal system is there are not always set in stone punishments. Sometimes the punishment can be probabtion or fines or jail time or combinations of all three.   I think that it good because even though ttwo people may commit the same crime there are different back stories so they may not deserve the same punishment.   I hope that if in investigating this mother they find out that she is a good mother in all other areas who just made a stupid mistake she gets the lowest possible punishment for the crime, most likely probabion.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2013

Still half ass story.

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