A mother who left her baby in an Arizona grocery store has been charged with child endangerment – but some say she is a good parent who made a “horrible mistake.”
On Monday, 27-year-old Cherish Peterson loaded three of her four children into her car but forgot 2-month-old Huxton in a shopping cart in front of a shopping mall.
“I’m a good mom who made a horrible mistake,” Peterson told CBS 5. “I got into my car, and normally I put my cart away. But I didn’t need to because I parked at the front of the store and I never park there. And I drove away.”
A police officer found the child in the shopping cart and began to search for the parents.
Peterson says she returned to the mall within 40 minutes to search for hear child.
“It was still a long time. It was still 40 minutes,” Peterson admitted. “And I never took my other kids out of the car, so it wasn’t like I knew I left him. I thought the whole time he was in my car.”
While some on social media called Peterson a “bad mom who must have been drunk,” others sprung to her defense.
“Do we as parents make mistakes?” Lyette Reback asked. “Sometimes potentially very dangerous ones? Yes. No one is immune.”
“Even Mary forgot Jesus and they had traveled far before she realized he was missing,” Emmy Mower wrote on Facebook. “Heaven help her if she had done that in today’s time and age… We ALL have had our moments.”