A mum who left her seven-year-old daughter indoors while she did the school run has divided opinion with many parents calling her actions “negligent”.
The woman faced a tough decision when she was given a six-seater courtesy car instead of her usual seven-seater, as her daughter – who is self-isolating – wasn’t going to be able to fit in the car when she dropped the four other children to school.
When she dropped the children off in the morning, her husband was at home, but when she went to pick them up later that afternoon, he’d gone out, which she said forced her to leave her daughter, seven, by herself.
She said: “She’s off school as the bubble are isolating and I had school runs to do today.
“I drive a 7 seater car and had been given a courtesy car for the day. This car only has 5 seats and I needed 6 if dd was going to fit in.
“I couldn’t do anything else at short notice. The others were at school and needed collecting.”
The mum claims she gave her daughter strict instructions, explaining: “I spoke to her beforehand about the dangers and what to do if x or y happened, explained she could use Alexa to call my mobile also if there was a problem.
“I was gone about 15 minutes in total.
“Even if I’d have walked (which isn’t so close) she wouldn’t have been able to come to the school with me as they’ve sent the bubble home.
“But at least next time I can leave her in the car if needs be now we’ve got the big one back.”
She pointed out her daughter was in exactly the same place where she left her, saying: “I came home and she was where I’d left her, on the sofa watching tv lying down on her iPad.
“Is this awful of me? I feel so negligent.”
Despite no harm coming to her daughter, fellow parents have slammed the mum’s actions as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘negligent’.
One mum said: “Sorry I think you were massively unreasonable. You knew about the car. You knew the school run needed doing. You had six hours to formulate a better plan. Unreasonable and irresponsible. Sorry.”
“Age 7 is too young”, said another, “regardless of how sensible or mature they appear to be.”
“It was negligent, yes your daughter was fine but she might not have been. Had the police been notified they would of forced entry and you’d have a referral to Social Services. It’s not worth the hassle is it?” commented one person.
And a fourth parent said : “Absolutely not acceptable. She is so young. You made the wrong call.”
But there were a few people who couldn’t see the problem, as one said: “It’s fine, she’s fine. No big deal.”
Another wrote: “It was 15 minutes. Your daughter was fine. Stop beating yourself up about it!”
And a third commented: “I think it’s fine if you have a sensible one who would be able to call someone or knock at a neighbour’s if necessary.”