An Indiana mom was ready to head off for work last Tuesday when she discovered her 4-year-old son was sick and needed to stay home from school.
But instead of hiring a babysitter, 25-year-old Taylor Cumings decided to put the little boy in the care of his 7-year-old brother, who she deemed mature enough to handle the job.
Cumings told WISH:
“To say that a 7-year-old is mature enough to watch a 4-year-old sounds absolutely outrageous. I totally understand people do not know me or my kids and the decision I made.”
She said that her boys knew not to touch the stove or heaters and “not to answer the door for anybody.”
Cumings put on the Christmas classic “Home Alone” for them to watch while she was away at work, Fox59 reports. She said it’s one of their favorite films.
However, it wasn’t long before Munchie police showed up at the home. An anonymous tipster alerted authorities that the boys were without supervision.
Cumings was later arrested and put in jail for the night. She has since been charged with two counts neglect of a dependent.
Her story quickly gained traction on social media and soon caught the eye of an unexpected celebrity, “Home Alone” star, Macaulay Culkin.
The 38-year-old actor shared a link to a news story about the mom, along with an offer.
I’m actually available for babysitting gigs…
I'm actually available for babysitting gigs…https://t.co/rrZGdXwpNA
— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 21, 2018
However, Cumings doesn’t think her situation is a laughing matter. She told WISH:
“It was humiliating. I am … it was made a joke right now that I’m a bad parent, and none of that is true.”
Cumings said she’s received support from her local community, including donations and offers to help care for her children.
The mom doesn’t plan to ever leave her children alone again but confirmed they will be watching “Home Alone 2” sometime in the near future.