Crazy Mom Who Left Toddler in Car at Macy's Provides Important Shopping Lesson

As the mother of two children under 5, there have been more times than I care to count that I have been tempted to leave one or both of them in the car. On the days where I do double pick up, my son often falls asleep on the way to pick up his sister. And without fail, every time, I am desperate to leave him and just run in. I know I will be back soon. I know the car is just in sight. And yet I never do it.

It is not that I am a perfect mom. One could pave an entire highway full of the mistakes I have made in parenting. But I won't leave my kids in the car no matter how much I want to. Not even when I can see the car.

Maritza Figueroa, a 31-year-old mother from Florida has no such rule. She left her 2-year-old daughter alone in the car while she shopped at Macy's and when the police caught her, she told them that she left her 12-year-old daughter in the van with the toddler and that the daughter must have either run away or was abducted. Insane woman, indeed.


Let's forget the fact that this woman did something we all know is wrong, she added even more to it by lying to the cops. Seriously, why did she think that would work?

I can't decide what part of this story is the most disturbing. Really, it is all of it coupled with the fact that this woman is raising two children.

We all have moments where we just want to shop or eat or even pee in peace. The temptation, especially when a baby is sleeping, to leave them for just a few minutes can be almost overwhelming and, truth be told, nothing happened. The baby was fine and the mother is likely only in so much trouble because of the lies she heaped on top of the first offense.

It can be an easy enough thing to do and really, it is a judgement call. I have heard stories of women who only ran into Starbucks getting arrested for leaving a baby in the car. To me, that is insane. Any Starbucks is close enough to the car and the counters are close enough to the windows, to make it relatively safe to run in for three minutes to grab a latte.

Personally, I never do it because it freaks me out, but I don't begrudge a mom using her best judgement and running in somewhere for a quick stop. But shopping in Macy's? That does not make the cut. This woman needs a lot of parenting classes before she should be allowed to have her kids back.

Do you ever leave your kids in the car?


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