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Arizona Mom Forgets Baby In Grocery Store: Charged With Child Endangerment

Sun, August 30, 2015 7:46pm EDT by 49 Comments
Mom Leaves Baby Grocery Store
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Should a mom of four be forgiven for leaving her 2-month old baby in a grocery cart? Or are police right to charge her for leaving her baby unsafely behind? Read and vote!

Cherish Peterson, 27, accidentally left her adorable baby Huxton in a shopping cart at a Fry’s grocery store in Gilbert, Arizona on Aug. 24 — so scary! After buying candy for her nephew’s birthday party, the mom of four drove away with her kids…except for one! 40 minutes later, when one of the children asked where the baby was, Cherish drove back to the store, and the baby was fortunately safe. Police have lodged a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment — do you think it’s fair of them to charge her?

Cherish gave the excuse that it was a total mistake that she left the devastatingly cute Huxton in a shopping cart. ‘”I got into my car, and normally I put my cart away. But I didn’t need to because I parked at the front of the store and I never park there. And I drove away, she tearfully told CBS 5 in an interview. “I’m a good mom who made a horrible mistake.” Back at the store, a police officer noticed the baby and watched him while they searched for Huxton’s parents. The infant was unharmed and barely cried, the police said. Good thing — he could have been run over by a car in the parking lot!

Is She A Bad Mom, Or Do You #StandWithCherish?

Despite the fact that the story has a happy ending, Cherish’s mistake caused an outbreak on social media, where some people accused her of being a bad mom and even “drunk”! On the other side of the argument, the hashtag #IStandWithCherish began trending on Twitter as fellow mothers pledged their support. In Cherish’s defense, they say, when she realized what she’d done, she headed right back to the store. “There is nothing I love more in this world than being a mom. And there is no one in this world who could love my kids more than me,” Cherish explained. Initially, it was said that no charges would be filed, but Gilbert police have since changed their minds and “lodged a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment to the town prosecutor,” DailyMail reported.

HollywoodLifers, should Cherish be charged for this? Vote and let us know!

— Gabriella Ginsberg