Mom Arrested for Making 5-Year-Old Hide Under Towel in Hot Car While She Shopped

car left in hot sunIf you're like me, you probably don't make a habit of peering inside other people's cars, but after reading this, you just might change your mind. A Georgia mother has been charged with a series of crimes after she allegedly made her 5-year-old son hide under a towel so she could leave him in the car while she went shopping. It was an 89-degree day, and Mary Amber Moore's little boy was left in a car parked in direct sunlight with the windows rolled up tight.

I don't think I need to tell you what could have happened here if it weren't for a nosy passerby.

Moore's son was found crying in the unlocked but sweltering car by a good Samaritan who called 911. He told officers his mom had made him hide in the car so no one would see him.

If it's true, what Moore did was much worse than a parent who accidentally forgets his or her child in the backseat. This sounds like she knew that what she was doing was wrong, and she did it anyway.

Thank goodness for that passerby.

It isn't a stretch to say she (or he) saved that child's life. A hot car left in the sun on a 90 degree day takes just 10 minutes to reach 109 degrees, literally becoming an oven. That kind of temperature can kill a child and has. 

But this little boy got lucky. This passerby cared. They obviously had to do some investigating to find this kid hidden under the towel, and they did the right thing.

I've never been put in a position like it, but I'd like to say I'd do the same.

Would you?

I'll admit it's hard to know what to do.

Do you leave the child in the car and go inside the store, have an announcement made? Do you take the child out of the car and do the same?

People are so unpredictable, you never know if the child's mother or father is going to lash out at you for stepping in, and you don't want to be accuse of trying to kidnap the child.

But what are your other options?

Do you stay with the child, watching them through the window and call 911 on your cellphone? Do you get them out of the car and call 911?

Calling the cops puts a buffer between you and that angry parent, but it carries its own risks -- you are now the person who got a parent in legal trouble. And who knows why the child was there? Was it an accident? An innocent mistake? Or were you dealing with a mom like Moore?

You could stand there and debate the issues with the adults for hours. Your discomfort. The parents. But at the end of the day, none of it matters. The safety of the child matters.

So, yes, I'd be that nosy passerby. I'd get that kid out of the car, and I'd let the chips fall where they may. Better a kid who's alive with a mom who is mad at me than a kid who is dead ...

Have you seen kids left alone in hot cars? What did you do about it?



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Rosas... RosasMummy

If I saw a child left alone in a hot car in a carpark id wait a few minutes before literally smashing a window to get them out.

tammy... tammyc1106

I would not wait a few minutes to see if the parent comes back because i'm afraid people would think i was kidnapping the kid. Every minute in that oven of a car is detrimental to that child. I would have dialed 911 right away tried to get the kid to unlock the door; have 911 on the phone the whole time I'm doing this and then if the kid could not unlock or open the doors i would smash the window in. What a horrible mother! I hope she serves some jail time for this! She is obviously not responsible enough to be a mother. That boy needs to go to a family who will care for him and value his life unlike his own mother. So sad

insei... inseineangel

I've seen a sad amount of young (under 10) children left in cars on hot days. If I see them, I will stand nearby (in a position where I can see the child) and wait a few minutes to see if the parents/guardian appear. If not, I will test the door handles too see if it is locked. I also call the cops. If the doors are unlocked, I will open one for air flow but not enter the vehicle. If it's locked, you bet your ass I'm going to smash a window. I have before, I will again. (Usually window smashing is reserved for clear signs of physical distress from the child. Breaking windows is an offense (destruction of property), and I don't like getting in trouble with the law unless necessary.) Call me nosy, but I'd rather save a kid's life then worry about a pissed off parent.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'd try to open the car then call the cops. If the child was in danger, I couldn't rouse them by banging on the window, I'd smash my way in. I'd try to get help too, if nothing else I'd want witnesses on my side. The parents reaction wouldn't be a consideration. I'd hope they'd be grateful that I saved their child but if they were like this woman and they tried to physically attack me I reckon I'd be mad enough to take them down.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

Was it an accident? An innocent mistake?

I don't care if it was an accident or a mistake. Both of those have killed children in the past. I'd call 911, yell for help, and try to get the kid out right away. I would also make a note of the licence plate just in case the parent came out and left before the cops showed up. There is NO EXCUSE to leave a child in a hot car.

nonmember avatar Kaytee

Seriously? Who cares what the parents think, get the kid out!

keelh... keelhaulrose

Who cares about getting the parent in legal trouble? If they let the courts sort out intention than the morgue sort out a dead child.

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Hopefully the piss poor parent who just wrote the article on here about it being no big deal to leave your kid in the car will read this.

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

No no no and NO!! Stir, you JUST had a LONG article full of excuses- no, I'm sorry, the author of that crap called them REASONS- for doing JUST THIS. You can't run an article touting how "wonderful" and "safe" this is one day, then 2 days later condem a woman for doing it. She probably read your garbage article "10 Reasons Leaving Kids in the Car During an Errand is No Big Deal" and thought it would be FINE. Maybe NOW you will take that garbage ass article down?After all, the author repeatedly says in "mild weather" the kids will be fine, and in a lot of the country, 89 degrees IS mild for summer.


LadyM... LadyMinni

I don't care if the person "forgot" their child in the car. I am a 19 year old, insomniac, irresponsible as fuck mother of twins and not for a single second have I ever forgotten that fact. I have never "forgotten" my children anywhere. I'd smash open the windows if need be and put the child in my car with the AC up, while calling the police. Let an angry "parent" come at me, see what they get. If you leave your child in a car, you deserve the worst the police can do to you. Maybe the child will be put with a family who actually cares if they live or die.

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