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.

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5 Replies to “Single Mother Allegedly Leaves Her 2 Children On Side of Road Near School. She’s ‘Tired of Doing it Alone’”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I. Know it was wrong of her to leave her children like that, but I also believe it was a sign of a breaking point for her Better left there at the school than her killing them or bruatlly hitting them. God was really watching the childrens.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I know what it is like to be a single parent and trying to make ends meet without any help. I always paid the rent and got groceries first, but there was barely anything left over to save toward any type of emergency like a car breakdown or car insurance that I had to pay every 6 months. We didn’t have tv or no cellphone or landline back then. I am hoping that she will be able to have access to job skills and learn one and become self sufficient. Perhaps she could have spoke with a guidance counselor at her child’s school and they may have directed her. You feel hopeless in those situations.

  • Debbie 2 years ago

    I’m sorry, but a ONE YEAR OLD? No excuses.

  • Adam Paul 2 years ago

    It was a very valuable piece of advice. Very well written. Your observation is right on the mark. Thank you for posting all those stats about the benefits of having parents in the home.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    My heart goes out to the woman and the children. There are no winners here. I was a single Mom of 5 children ages; 1,2,4,6 and 9. I do not remember much of those days. I hadn’t worked in 10 years so I first found a job (no child support, btw. He quit his job to work under the table so they couldn’t garnish wages). He took our only car (my parents loaned me a clunker). I had wonderful friends and family around me but most of the time it was just me. My 9 year old had to grow up fast to be my helper (not really fair to her). I worked my way up to a great position but, there were days (many) that I thought I couldn’t do it anymore. My children have grown up to be hard working, contributing members of society. The boys have fared better than the girls. The girls suffer low self esteem not having a father in the home. There is an epidemic sweeping our nation of destroyed families, many causes, and many cures. It’s real and affects all of us. My and my children’s story isn’t over. These things cause issues for generations to come. You do the best you can, but truly, until you’ve walked in this woman’s shoes, judgement is better kept to yourself. I wish her well and no lasting consequences for the “day” she couldn’t take anymore.

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