Laura Browder, a single mother who recently moved to Houston, was arrested after ‘abandoning’ her children at a mall food court while she interviewed for a job 30 feet away from them. The interview wasn’t for a job at the mall, but it was the meeting point for her interview.

After buying them lunch, Browder left her 6-year-old and 2-year-old children at the McDonald’s in the mall’s food court, but they were in her line of sight the entire time.

After Browder returned to her children, a police officer arrested her for abandonment.

The arrest came moments after Browder had accepted the job, but now she’s unsure how her arrest will affect her employment.

CPS officials said they’re still in the early stages of the¬†investigation, but added they could offer services to help Browder find suitable daycare.

In a statement, Browder said:

This was very unfortunate this happened. I had an 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. A judge released my children to me knowing that I was a good mother who just made a not so smart decision. My children weren’t even 30 yards away from me, I fed them and sat there with them until it was time to meet with my interviewer. This too will pass and I am not concerned with outsiders have to say or what they think.

Browder appeared before a judge who released her and gave her full custody of her children, although Child Protective Services is continuing their investigation.

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  • Jen Herrmann

    I understand the need to perhaps “warn” her…even call CPS to investigate if you must. But the arrest was crazy and uncalled for. If she could see the kids, intervene if anything were to happen…then she’s no less negligent than a mom at a playground enjoying coffee with a friend. Also, if her 2 year old could sit at a table for the 30-60 minutes I”m assuming this took…and not have done anything for a mom to have to intervene or come over and take care of during that time… Then this woman TOTALLY is doing something pretty right and isn’t abandoning her kid! Laura Browder, you have this single mom’s support…

  • Foolishness abounds

    I really hope this doesn’t affect her job and everything works out ok. She obviously needs the job and she was trying her best to do something to get herself and her children on the right path. I understand CPS a just doing their job and I have faith she will cleared and given some resources to assist with her child care situation. I pray everything works out for her.