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A Houston mom, arrested this summer after leaving her children at a food court to attend a job interview, told Inside Edition in a recent interview that she loves her children despite the mistake.

Laura Browder was charged with child abandonment in July after leaving her children, 2 and 6, at the food court near a McDonald’s while she went to a job interview at Starbucks Coffee about 30-feet away at Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas.

From Inside Edition:

“What I was thinking was, ‘This is for my children. I really need this job,’’’ she told Inside Edition

She said had no child care and that as a single mom, she had to bring her children to the Memorial City Mall in Houston.

The child abandonment charges were later dismissed.

“I’m not justifying what I did. I was on a job interview. Wrong is wrong,” she told Inside Edition. “I felt so bad as a mother. You can ask anyone that’s close to me. They know I love my children.”

Tough lesson for Browder to learn, but we’re glad she landed the job!



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