Being a single parent can be a difficult task for some, and for Jennifer Westfall, it had become unbearable.
ABC 13 reports that the 38-year-old single mother allegedly left her 9-year-old and 1-year-old on the side of the road near an elementary school.
Another parent saw the incident and picked the children up.
School administrators alerted the school resource officer who in turn called Child Protective Services.
Westfall was then arrested and her two children were taken to Child Protective Services.
Authorities say the children are now in foster care and are doing fine.
However, contrary to what everyone else says, Westfall insists she left her kids in a safe area in “safe hands.”
“I saw the lady walk in and shake my kids’ hand, so I knew they were in safe hands.”
Westfall said the struggles of being a single parent was just too much for her at the time. Even though it has been hard, she says she has been there:
“I know what I did was wrong but, I’ve always faught for my kids. I feel terrible for what I did, I’ve always had my kids back no matter what. I was just so tired, absolutely tired.”
She now fears she will never be able to see her children again:
“I just, I was so tired of doing this by myself. I have the strength to do what I need to do but I don’t have the skills to make the income that I need to take care of my family, and nobody will hire me. I’ve been around everywhere. And with these charges I just don’t see how I’m ever getting my kids back.”
Westfall told ABC 13 she thought it was safe and legal to leave her children in the care of another adult.
However, depending on the age of the child, that is against the law in North Carolina. The only legal way to leave a child with an adult in the state is if the child is only a couple days old.
In response to Westfall breaking the law, she was charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
After her arrest at her home on Monday, she was released the next day and will have to appear in court next month.