Mom Leaves Kids in Hot Car and Punches Another Woman

boxing womanSheesh! My grandmother used to have a saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." Guess she was right, at least in the case of Heather Elliot. The Illinois woman was in a store parking lot when she spotted two little boys, ages 4 and 1, crying and red-faced in a hot car. Concerned, she ran over to try to help (it was 88 degrees that day! We know how those stories end!).

That's when the boys' 21-year-old mother, Heather Query, came running over -- and punched Elliot right in the face! Well! You're welcome very much!

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Obviously it's outrageous that this poor woman got clobbered when she was just trying to help two small children, and it's equally outrageous that the two kids should have been left to bake in a hot car by themselves. Query is now being charged with battery and neglect, and might lose custody of her kids because of her actions. But what if ... well, I know there's no "good" reason for what she did, but maybe there is a small part of me that understands why she flipped out.

I know the reaction I have when somebody, especially a stranger, butts in to tell me how to raise my kids or point out something I'm doing "wrong." I remember the way I felt when my daughter was little and some woman at the playground read me the riot act because, in her opinion, the melon chunks my daughter was eating were a "choking hazard." (They were not.) There's just some primal instinct that gets triggered when our intentions as mothers are called into question, I think ... let me tell ya, I would've loved to punch that melon lady smack in the nose.

I didn't, though, and that's the difference, I guess. Heather Query is a young mom; I have no idea why she left her kids in the car or for how long she was gone, but I hope (assuming she's not a total lunatic, which is possible) she gets the chance to try being a mom again.

And I hope Heather Elliot isn't too scared to help little old ladies across the street.

Why do you think Heather Query punched her kids' potential rescuer?


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