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In the What the Hell??!!! files, a woman has been arrested for leaving her seven children alone in a motel room in Georgia while she left for the weekend to go to Miami. So leaving your kids in a motel room is bad enough. Leaving them while you're hundreds of miles away is even worse. But wait 'til you hear how old these kids were -- the oldest was only 10. The youngest? Three months old!!
The woman, 29-year-old Bernadette Hester, has been charged with seven counts of cruelty to children. She allegedly left her seven children alone in a motel room without any food and then went to Miami.
The sheer number of children -- and the incredibly young ages of them -- it's just unfathomable. The kids were reportedly 3 months old, 2 years old, 3 years old, 6 years old, 7 years old, and 8 years old. And, of course, the 10-year-old boy who was stunningly in charge of them all.
The oldest kid in the room was 10 years old. That kid somehow, god only knows how, managed to keep six other children from being injured or dying. And reportedly, he kept the baby boy alive by feeding him formula.
I don't know why the eldest boy didn't go for help earlier, but my guess is that this kind of thing was not that outside of the child's experience. He had probably come to expect this from mom. A hotel employee said the horrifically obvious:
A real mother wouldn't do
that. She wouldn't leave her kids like that. No, she wouldn't. Kids been in the room the whole weekend while she was out of town.
The kids have been placed with child services and, hopefully, will be able to find some kind of new life. The children are absolutely heroic in what they endured. Strong, resourceful children like this who are still so young can go on to do great things if they get away from a mother like this. She is still in jail.
Can you believe this?
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