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Single Mom Laura Browder Arrested After Leaving Kids at Food Court While Interviewing for Job 30 Feet Away (Photo Credit: Houston PD)

Single mother Laura Browder was arrested by Houston police and later released after being accused of abandoning her kids, ages six and two, at a mall food court while she interviewed for a job a few feet away, KHOU reports.

Browder took her children with her to the mall for a suddenly scheduled job interview because she did not have enough time to arrange for child care. She said she bought the children lunch at the McDonald’s in the food court, sat them down at a table approximately 30 feet away and well within her sight while she interviewed.

Browder was arrested when she went back to her kids’ table, after someone at the mall called police saying the children were crying. A judge later released Browder and gave her full custody of her children.

Laura Browder released a statement saying, “This was very unfortunate this happened. I had a interview with a very great company with lots of career growth. I am a college student and mother of two. I would never put my name, background or children in harms way intentionally. I have a promising future ahead of me regardless of what the media tries to portray me as.”