A parent was shot after letting their child play alone in a park for a few minutes while going to the bathroom.
The anonymous mother from the UK shared a message about the situation on mumsnet, explaining that she was desperate for the toilet when she and her three-year-old daughter arrived at the park.
The woman said she left the “very independent” little girl alone in the play area for “two minutes” while she went to the bathroom.
However, many were baffled by her decision, suggesting that she had put her child in danger, with one saying, “It only takes a moment for someone to grab a child. I definitely wouldn’t do this.’
An anonymous mother took to Mumsnet to ask if she was wrong to let her daughter, 3, play unsupervised for ‘two minutes’ while going to the toilet (stock image)
She asked for others’ opinions on the situation and explained that she and her daughter, who is almost four, both had to go to the bathroom when they arrived at the park.
“She left and then refused to wait for me and ran to the playroom (toilets were in the playroom, but not staffed/tickets),” the mother recalled.
“I told her to wait but she said no and left, she told me she was going on the slides as she walked away! We’ve been there before so she knows where she’s going.
“I had to go to the bathroom, so she played unattended in the park for two minutes.”
The anonymous poster wrote about their predicament on Mumsnet – and was roundly criticized for letting the three-year-old play alone in a park
The mother also asked how other parents would have handled the situation if they had been in her shoes.
But many people were stunned by her decision, with one writing: ‘It only takes a moment for a child to be snatched or fall off a high slide or run off where you can’t find her.
‘Don’t leave her alone. She needs to learn that she can’t run away if you tell her to stay with you. Take her to the toilet.’
A more strongly worded answer was: ‘Christ no never. It’s not how comfortable she is with the area or what she’s doing, it’s more to do with what piece of scum is lurking.
‘What will she do if they decide to take her, she’s 3? Don’t do it anymore and make sure she’s with you. Stunned.’
Others felt the move showed a lack of parental controls, with one person writing, “Apart from the obvious safety concerns, a three-year-old shouldn’t be the one to call the shots.”
Another added: ‘First of all, no, I wouldn’t leave a three-year-old alone in a park, even for two or three minutes.
Numerous posters found that leaving the child alone was dangerous, but also showed a lack of parental supervision
Second, if you tell your 3-year-old to stay with you and she ignores you and walks away giggling, NEVER reward that by letting her go and do what she wanted to do. She’s 3 years old and you’re the parent.’
A third agreed, writing, “”She told you”? I think the wrong person is in charge.
“I would never leave a kid of that age unsupervised in a playground, there are just too many possibilities for disaster.”
Another Mumsnetter wrote: ‘That really is raising nonsense. She should have been in the same box as you. If she had run off, you should have run after her and brought her back!!’
While most respondents left angry comments, others were more sympathetic – recognizing that they too had made parenting mistakes in the past
However, some posters were more sympathetic, one of which wrote, ‘No, I wouldn’t have let her go.
“But at the same time, I think most parents would say that there have been times when their kids were little when something bad could have happened and it was pure luck that it didn’t.
“Mine was I was walking behind my 5 year old and he was on his bike, he definitely knew he would stop on the bike on any road so I could cross the road with him.
“We had done this walk hundreds of times before and on each road he would stop and wait for me to catch up and we would cross the road together, but this time he didn’t stop and just stayed the road on his bike.
“I screamed like a fish woman and ran as fast as I could and dragged him back. Then I said WHY??? He just said “I forgot mommy”. I will never forget, you cannot trust children, even if they are very sensible, they are only children.’