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Mom Who Parked Her Baby Outside a Restaurant Claims It's OK in Europe

Mom Who Parked Her Baby Outside a Restaurant Claims It's OK in Europe

Mom Who Parked Her Baby Outside a Restaurant Claims It's OK in Europe

A Swedish woman who last week left her baby unattended outside a restaurant in Amherst, Massachusetts, was reported to a state agency for possible child maltreatment. The woman left her one-year old boy in his stroller on the sidewalk for 10 minutes while she ordered food inside.

The mom tried to explain she "found nothing wrong with the situation," and said it's common to leave children unattended in Sweden, but Amherst police has filed a report of potential abuse or neglect with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Read the whole story at Reuters.

Do you think the law should give this mom a break?

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robotheart robotheart 4 years
This is actually pretty normal in *a lot* of Northern European countries. People leave their sleeping babies parked in their prams outside their homes, shops, restaurants. Example: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/let-sleeping-babies-lie-chilly-temps-build-tough-nordic-tots.html. You'll find that in a lot of places, the paranoia we have regarding our children doesn't exist. I feel sorry for this woman, not realizing that being anything other than a panicky helicopter parent in the US is considered child abuse.
KimberliPayne KimberliPayne 5 years
no i think she does. how would she like to be unattended outside a restaurant
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