There’s no question that it’s critical for parents to spend quality time with their kids to help build their sense of emotional security, as well as let them see firsthand that parents have interests outside of the home, thereby teaching them the importance of developing individual interests and pursuits.
However, one mom took all of that a little too far in some ways, and not far enough in others.
Earlier this month, a mom in Michigan took her 11-year-old daughter shopping at Old Navy, according to Yahoo Shine. The mom, 49, stuffed her purse with jewelry and clothes and then told her daughter to walk out of the store with it. When the girl was nabbed for shoplifting and hauled off to the police station, her mom scoffed at the notion that she had a role in the crime and left her there.
The girl explained to the police she had been doing as her mother told her to do, but when contacted via phone, her mom denied being in the store entirely and said she wouldn’t even come and pick her up. The mom called back a few hours later and admitted she lied, but still wouldn’t pick up her daughter.
An aunt came and took the girl home, and an arrest warrant has been issued for the mom for retail fraud, child neglect, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Here’s hoping the mom hadn’t been given a good Mother’s Day gift, or if she had, the girl has since returned it and kept the credit.
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