A single mother facing a difficult financial situation got arrested when she left her daughter in a vehicle to attend a job fair. 

On Tuesday, July 2, Amber Collier’s public defender pleaded with Broward County Judge Jackie Powell for leniency in his client’s case after police found her 4-year-old daughter alone inside an air-conditioned vehicle with a cellphone for emergencies for more than an hour, reports WPLG.

The 25-year-old part-time college student was seen on surveillance video leaving her daughter in the car so she could look for employment at a job fair.

As Fox News reports, police were called to the woman’s vehicle after someone reported a child locked inside, sitting the back seat.

According to police, when they arrived the child was “visibly upset.”

Collier was arrested on neglect charges, and the child was taken from her. According to WPLG, the mom has a clean record and no prior allegations of neglect.

Collier’s public defender told Judge Powell that the woman loves her daughter very much and was just trying to do whatever she could to get employment to support her family. He said while asking for a reduced bond:

“Financially, right now, she’s going through a tough time and she wants to work.”

However, the prosecutor was quick to point out the amount of time the little girl was left alone:

“My concern is not that the child would have overheated. My concern is, in that period, over an hour, anybody could have gone to that car and taken that child.”

People following Collier’s case felt bad for the mom. One commenter wrote in the comments section of WPLG:

…  I feel so bad being a single parent is no joke. I hope they really spare this one time.

Another said:

As a mom I know how dangerous what she did is but as a working mom I also understand the risk she took. It is hard to find someone to watch your kids, you can have 4 plans line up and still not have someone to watch your kids a the last minute. I have lost jobs, job interviews and promotions at work because of not having someone to take care of my kids. I bet she thought the interview wouldn’t take long but sometimes you have to wait your turn or your name to get called or for whoever is doing the interview to be ready. Imagine dying to check up on your child but desperate enough to need the job, that most have been agonizing. …

Judge Powell imposed a no-contact order. Collier now awaits a ruling from family court after her bond was set at $2,500.

Child protective services are now involved in the matter.

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36 Replies to “Single Mom in Need of Work Puts 4-Year-Old in Car With AC and a Cellphone. She’s Arrested at Job Fair”

  • Denise 2 weeks ago

    The sad part is if she don’t have food to feed the baby or to pay utilities or even her rent, the system will still take her daughter. So she’s damned if she do and damned if she don’t. Just sad😭

  • Brenda dain 2 weeks ago

    I am almost tempted to have her and her child come live with me in my home. Jobs here are within walking distance too….many of them!!

  • Eileen Rodney 2 weeks ago

    When ur between a rock and a hard place then u know if she was in tbe club that’s different she going to college and looking for work very ambitious person hope she successful in all her undertaking. Blessings will say a prayer for you.

  • Robert Banjoff 2 weeks ago

    At least she left the air on I can’t say that for most of these stories with a clean record trying to get a job are the key to her and her kid but yet set a $2,500 Bond Granite an hour is a long time. Also the kid could have popped the car in gear in that about of time and rolled someone over! But yet, she has a clean record! I’d say, get the hard working woman a break! At least she’s trying! Maybe job fairs should have a it’ll take care spot for situations just like this

  • William Daniels 2 weeks ago

    I feel so sorry for this young black mother who attends college part-time. It is very apparent that her back was up against the wall. It would be a beautiful thing if someone who could help her read this and have her a job so that she could get her baby back. Please someone give this young lady a job🙏🏾

  • Anonymous 2 weeks ago

    Thats America 🇺🇸 4 you

  • Dj 2 weeks ago

    Why don’t job fairs offer a child service for women and dad’s who don’t have child care. You know it was a last resort for this poor women. My God police go catch all the shooters in St. Louis this weekend. How many dead? 17?
    How can she get a better life if she doesn’t have help. This sucks

  • Tonya 2 weeks ago

    I understand where she’s coming from. Single parents don’t have it easy. You’re constantly juggling. People purposely leave kids for various reasons. She left car running with ac on. But understood the time length is the issue. Would she have been given a job or an interview had she went in with her daughter to drop resume off?

  • Celina 2 weeks ago

    This is so common, sad but true. Why impose a $2,500 bond when clearly she having financial difficulties? Where help when you need it? Courts (Judge) have mercy! This goes to show, “ it takes a village “ where is her village? No trusted neighbor, friend and/or local daycare to help In these types of situations? Have a heart ❤️ help someone!

  • Rella 2 weeks ago

    Give donations please. She should not be so severely punished. She is trying to survive. Help her in Jesus name. Amen

  • b. morales 2 weeks ago

    the laws are not far, give this mom a brack I bet she would take back what she did, if even a other chance.

  • Sweet 2 weeks ago

    Everyone deserve a second chance… How could we look at this case the same… Yes a child was left,.but with the help from God …the baby was unharmed…We can slam a Mother for trying to provide for her child… She simply made a mistake… Now if you charge her with a crime like that, she may never get work… So I ask as a mother of 4… Please don’t do this to her… A few years ago I was charged with DV.. because my husband was living in our home with another woman..I called the cops I went to jail… There is no justice in the world… However with God the case was thrown out… But it’s on my record even with no charges… I know how hard it is… I hope that we all pray that God will grant her Mercy. God is a miracle worker.. Good Luck.

  • Anonymous 2 weeks ago

    NO EXCUSE FOR SUCH BEHAVIOR,HOW MANY OTHER TIMES HAS THE CHILD BEEN LEFT ALONE.

  • Lynn Terry 2 weeks ago

    I hope the good that comes of this is that she gets a job for doing everything she can to support her child and the charges are dropped. She is literally doing her very best. It’s unbelievable the garbage that people get away with and this poor mom is being punished as she is. Her intent is to do the right thing and get a job to support her family. Wake up Florida ! Help her out ! Where do I donate ?

  • Jennifer 2 weeks ago

    @ anonymous..this IS America and you are here of your own free will and you can LEAVE at your own free will as well. It upsets me to see someone drag this country’s name through mud when obviously it was this girls choice to leave her 4 yr old daughter in a car for OVER an hour. Not to mention she is an educated girl. I have been a single mother with my back against the wall and I would have never made this decision and I haven’t gone to college. In my opinion bail is way to low. She had the a/c on but what if she choked on something? Would she be able to dial 911?? Or had a seizure or got a body part stuck in something or got out? Human trafficking is everywhere. It was a poor decision period parents get taken to jail for leaving a child in a car to run in a convenience store. And she leaves hers in a parking lot? Punishment needs to fit crime.

  • Jennifer 2 weeks ago

    @ anonymous..this IS America and you are here of your own free will and you can LEAVE at your own free will as well. It upsets me to see someone drag this country’s name through mud when obviously it was this girls choice to leave her 4 yr old daughter in a car for OVER an hour. Not to mention she is an educated girl. I have been a single mother with my back against the wall and I would have never made this decision and I haven’t gone to college. In my opinion bail is way to low. She had the a/c on but what if she choked on something? Would she be able to dial 911?? Or had a seizure or got a body part stuck in something or got out? Human trafficking is everywhere. It was a poor decision period parents get taken to jail for leaving a child in a car to run in a convenience store. And she leaves hers in a parking lot? Punishment needs to fit crime and this IS a crime. Child endangerment to say the least.

  • Jennifer 2 weeks ago

    Ridiculous. She left her child in a parking lot for over an hour! With a cell?! Really think she would dial 91q if she was choking on something? I was a single mother of 4. Dont come at me with things that have to be done I would have never left my child anywhere by themselves for over an hour at that age period!

  • Anonymous 2 weeks ago

    This is very unfortunate. Matters could have been worst. We need more programs to help young people and single parents. Charlotte is growing but not attending to the needs of youth and elderly. If we have such programs, they should be advertised like the daily crimes posted on my cell phone.

  • Shannon 1 week ago

    I understand her desperate situation but you should always put your child’s health and wellbeing first before all other needs. This was not the right way to go about getting a job.

  • Shari 1 week ago

    I think DHS should have some kind of childcare for single moms trying to find a way out of their finacial position. Not only be there to Snatch their children if they make a mistake.

  • P y T 1 week ago

    Just Bring The child with you ….
    And everybody else shut the hell up

  • Anonymous 1 week ago

    This is horrible. So sad. I believe that this will be lesson enough for her to learn. God have mercy on her. Give her another chance with this situation.

  • Anonymous 1 week ago
  • Miss Swan 7 days ago

    We are all sitting on the outside passing judgment until you’re truly in this position and I walking in these shoes judge not this woman needs prayer that just means patient and that child needs her mother there are ways to fix things and locking up her mom is not one fix the problem don’t tuck it away and pass judgment each of us fall short daily God bless her and her child and God have patience with those that can’t understand

  • Jennifer 7 days ago

    Anonymous,
    I take it you either have a lot of family and friends whom could watch your kids, or you don’t have any. Here’s the thing before saying anything like that how about asking yourself what would be better cold AC with a cellphone( btw children are smarter than parents using technology), or would living homeless for a long time. Wow I believe I would choose the car too.

  • Lynn Schleig 7 days ago

    As a single mother of a 10 and 8 year old, I’ve also been in a position of damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I personally have never had to leave my children unattended for that amount of time, but I have left my sleeping children lay in the back seat of my locked car in the middle of the night (7-8 pm) while paying for gas in my home town. Though the town itself is relatively safe, and most people knew me and my children… I still feared for their safety in that 5 minutes they were alone. I can’t imagine the fear this mother faced being away that long. Though I sympathize with her… She did what was needed and shouldn’t be condemned for her attempt at bettering her child’s life. Go after the scum that leave their children alone in vehicles while they sit in drug homes or alone at home while they go pretend not to be parents!!!

  • Anonymous 7 days ago

    This is very heartbreaking and my prayers go out to the mother and daughter God will take the wheel my faith is strong in Jesu’s name I pray Amen

  • Anonymous 6 days ago

    I definitely understand what the young woman was going through. I do think there could have been a different Choice she could have made she may not have seen that choice. I am a single mother with no help no family and it’s just me and my daughter. I am fortunate enough that I am allowed to bring my child to work. But there are days that I think as something was ever to happen to me if I was to die my child would go to DCs because I have no one absolutely no one to take her or to help me. It is very hard being a single parent with no family and no support system and I know many people that have support system will say where you should find a support system we always have so much to say about the other person shoes that they’re walking but yet we have not yet walked in their shoes. I pray for this mother and I asked God to help her and send people her way to help her. Cancel anytime

  • Stephanie 6 days ago

    I’m a single mom and I can relate to ur story and the good thing is the a/c was on. If u lived in Louisiana I would’ve watched ur daughter. I pray someone hires u and if a legit donation opportunity is presented I will give to u.

  • Jr 5 days ago

    I’m praying for the young mother.i know what she did wasn’t right.. but I do understand why. And then to top it off you hit her with $2500 and she’s never been in trouble… Wow

  • John 4 days ago

    Was there some good reason why she couldn’t take her child with her to the job fair?

  • LORRAINE TAYLOR 1 day ago

    it’s ashame.,but as a single mom I know exactly what she’s experiencing the only difference is that my kids are much older but we all are still without jobs just to go to church is a struggle and we also live in a drug infested area were you wouldn’t want to leave your girls home by themselves maintenance me can take key at any moment and come right on in my heart goes out to this mother and child

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