Jennifer Westfall a Wake County, North Carolina mother abandons her two children by the side of a road cause she was too tired taking care of them on her own.
A North Carolina mother has been accused of dumping her two children by the side of a dirt road- after becoming overwhelmed taking care of them on her own.
Police arrested Jennifer Westfall, 38, this week after the Oct. 2 incident in which they say she left her kids—9 years old and 19 months old—on the road near Reedy Creek Elementary in Cary, N.C. It’s about 18 miles from her home, according to WTVD.
Upon dropping the kids off- the arrest warrant noted the mother speeding off.
According to Westfall- she’d specifically left the kids close to the school’s campus and watched a woman help them. She said she thought it was a legal way to abandon her children and believed they were in good hands.
But the state’s safe surrender law says only infants a few days old can be legally surrendered to another adult.
Westfall faces two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
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‘I feel terrible about what I did,’ she told WTVD. ‘I’ve always had my kids’ back no matter what. I was just so tired. Absolutely tired.’
School administrators alerted Child Protective Services about the incident, leading to an investigation and Westfall’s eventual arrest.
‘I know what I did was wrong but I just, I was so tired of doing this by myself,’ Westfall said. ‘I have the strength to do what I need to do but I don’t have the skills to make the income that I need to take care of my family, and nobody will hire me.’
‘I’ve been around everywhere. And with these charges I just don’t see how I’m ever getting my kids back.’
Westfall is due in court next month. The children are currently in foster care.
Not immediately clear was what resources and support the local community and state services offered the struggling single mother.
— Wake Mugshots (@WakeMugshots) October 30, 2018