A woman was arrested for leaving her two children alone at a Houston food court while she interviewed for a job.

Laura Browder, 24, said that she sat her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter at a table in the Memorial City Mall food court while she went on a job interview nearby. Browder claimed that the children were within her line of sight the entire time.

Authorities say that the children were crying when two police officers found them alone at the table.


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Browder was arrested just moments after accepting the job. She has been charged with abandoning a child with intent to return.

Browder defended her actions in a statement, explaining that she wouldn’t intentionally put her children in harm’s way, but that she had an interview with a great company that could offer her career growth.

She acknowledged that she made a “not so smart decision,” but added, “I am not concerned with [what] outsiders have to say or what they think.”


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