HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT I JUST SAW

Upon exiting the grocery store, I noticed a young girl in the front seat of a pick-up truck, waving at me and smiling. She looked about the age of three or four. In the back was an infant, strapped to a carseat. What was more shocking was what I didn't see...NO PARENT! I began unloading groceries into the back of my van while my husband put my son into the vehicle. Moments later, the mother emerged from the store and got into her truck. I wonder what this woman was thinking. One should NEVER leave a child or children unattended in a vehicle, especially ones that young. That is careless and foolish.

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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
    04/19/14
    Melissa Middleton
    I would have notified the authorities but by the time they arrived, she would have been gone. I should have written down the license plate number. I did wait until I saw someone come back to the children. She is lucky she was not close enough for me to give her a lovely piece of my mind.
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      04/19/14
      Agreed. There is no justification even if it's "just for a minute". I remember watching a 20/20 segment about a woman who left her 2 kids in her vehicle while she ran a quick errand. She was livid because someone reported her to authorities, and she used her credentials of "I'm a pediatrician" to justify her actions. If anything she made herself look foolish nationwide by admitting to leaving her kids unattended, and then using her doctor status as her being different from the rest of the parents who do this.
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      04/19/14
      Melissa Middleton
      Yuck! That disgusts me. It is like she is saying, "I'm a doctor, so it is okay for me to do this." I bet she starts getting less patients.
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        04/19/14
        Melissa Middleton
        I watched the kids. I was out of the store for maybe 2 minutes before she emerged. If she had not, I would have called the police department. That was pure foolishness what she did. That is a prime example of "bad parenting."
        I should have called anyway and written down the license plate number because she will probably do it again. I hope she is caught next time.
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          04/19/14
          I understand why you waited. Not everyday that we witness something so careless. It is a shock. So many things can happen like kids pretending to drive and releasing the emergency brakes, etc...

          I feel the same way about 4-legged pets whose windows are not sufficiently rolled down during hot weather. I wish I had the # to PITA programmed into my phone, the days before internet on phones. Now that my maternal instincts are on high gear, I think I will hesitate less to make a call for any vulnerable person(s).

          Before my pregnancy, I was mama to Sammy - a precious chew-weenie. (Now my ex has him and even though we are friendly, I'm now Auntie to Sammy so he doesn't get confused when my ex remarries.)
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          04/19/14
          Melissa Middleton
          I do not like that either, pets in hot vehicles and with no window open slightly for air. No one wants to sit in a hot car so why place your pet in one without water or air?
          I have two small dogs, and they are my other children. :)
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          04/19/14
          Melissa Middleton
          Oh, I agree! I am not but can be vicious when I say to myself to others: "Karma is going to bite you so hard in the rear end and you are not going to like it!"
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            04/19/14
            My mom did that with my brother and I when we were little. At gas stations when she had to go inside to pay, or sometimes at the store. It was awesome at the time in my mind because mom wasn't trying to tell us what to do, but when I think about it now, with everything I've heard, it's just like...what the crap, mom?! I don't ever leave Nina behind like that. She's always either with her daddy or with me, and if she's with daddy its because I ran out to the laundry building, the store, or to take the trash out. I've heard some people tell me to just leave her in her crib if I need to run somewhere and Trevor isnt around, but yeaaaaah. No. I've heard too much badness to ever do that.
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            About Melissa Middleton
            Current: Pennington Gap, Virginia
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            Mother of an active son, a precious baby girl, & a diva step-daughter (who lives with us). I am an artist, baker, organic gardener, frugal liver, & a Christian--happily married to my best-friend. Blogger at www.chasingwildhorses.com