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Wake County mother abandons kids on a roadside

Rebelander Basilan
Nov 01, 2018
03:53 A.M.
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The 38-year-old mother Jennifer Jean Westfall is accused of leaving her two children on the side of a road last month and then driving away.

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According to police, Westfall, from Wake County, North Carolina, allegedly dropped her 9-year-old daughter and 19-month-old son off on the side of the road in Cary on October 2, as reported by ABC 7.

Another mother saw the occurrence and immediately called a Reedy Creek school officer, who then retrieved the children and brought them inside a school building.

Westfall was arrested by Fuquay-Varina police recently and is charged with misdemeanor child abuse. Her children, on the other hand, were put in child care.

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In an interview with the reporters from local Raleigh, N.C., station WTVD, the single mother narrated a different version of the incidents.

According to her, she dropped off the kids and watched a woman lead them into the building before she headed out.

“I saw the lady walk and take my kid’s hand, so I knew they were in safe hands,” she said.

Apparently, she thought this was a legal way of leaving them. However, North Carolina’s Safe Surrender laws stated that just an infant up to seven days old could be lawfully surrendered anonymously to “a responsible adult.”

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Westfall couldn't hold back her tears. She explained, “I feel terrible for what I did.”

“I’ve always had my kids’ back no matter what. I was just so tired. Absolutely tired. It was wrong, but, you know, I, I’ve always fought for my kids my whole life. I’ve always fought for them, and I will fight no matter what.”

The overwhelmed mother was discharged from prison and is expected in court next month.

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“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,” she added.

A person sentenced for misdemeanor child abuse — but with no prior convictions - can face up to 60 days in jail in North Carolina.

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