A mother who admits that she forgot her baby in a shopping cart at a grocery store has spoken out about her ‘horrible’ mistake but insists that she is a good mom.
Cherish Peterson, 27 from Gilbert, Arizona said she was rushing around a Fry’s grocery store on Monday trying to buy her nephew candy for his birthday when she became absent-minded.
The mom-of-four says she had three of her four young children with her, and she completely forgot that her two-month-old boy Huxton was in the shopping cart when she left it at the front of the shopping mall.
‘I’m a good mom who made a horrible mistake,’ she told CBS 5 in a tearful interview.
Gilbert police initially said no charges would be filed but have since lodged a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment to the town prosecutor.
Cherish Peterson, 27 from Gilbert, Arizona said she was rushing around a Fry’s grocery store trying to buy her nephew candy for his birthday on Monday when she forgot about her baby son Huxton
The police officer who found Huxton took him to a nearby Supercuts salon while a search was launched for his parents. A salon worker posted this picture of the boy
Huxton was left outside this shopping mall in Gilbert, Arizona. The Supercuts salon is on the right.
In an emotional interview Peterson said: ‘I got into my car, and normally I put my cart away. But I didn’t need to because I parked at the front of the store and I never park there. And I drove away.’
Back in the store a Phoenix police officer spotted the baby in the cart and took him to a nearby Supercuts salon while they searched for his parents. He was not injured and showed no signs of distress, said police.
The hashtag #IStandWithCherish also began trending on Twitter with tweets from moms who pledged their support for her. A Facebook page defending her has also sprang up.
Peterson said that when she got home she ‘quickly’ realized what she’d done.
She told CBS 5: ‘As I was pulling into the garage, my three-year-old goes, “Where’s baby Huxton?” His car seat is right behind me. I turned around and realized it was gone.’
Both police and staff attended to the baby to make sure that he was OK after his mother left him
Peterson’s actions ignited a firestorm on social media after her story hit the headlines this person wrote ‘Bet the so called mom was under the influence? How could you forget living, breathing baby in a cart??’
The hashtag #IStandWithCherish also began trending on Twitter full of tweets from moms who pledged their support for her saying ‘she is a wonderful person and mom who needs love and support not criminal charges’
Lyette Reback tweeted: ‘Do we as parents make mistakes? Sometimes very dangerous ones? Yes. No one is immune.’