Mum sparks debate after admitting she left 3-year-old daughter alone in the park
"It only takes a moment for a child to be snatched"
One mum has sparked outrage online after she admitted she left her 3-year-old daughter alone in a park.
The mum explained that both she and her daughter really needed to use the bathroom when they arrived at the park.
When in the toilet, the mum's daughter ran out and refused to wait for her mum.
Writing on Mumsnet, she asked other parents if she was in the wrong.
She explained: "We were at a rural touristy attraction, and when we arrived, both my daughter (three, nearly four) and me needed the loo."
"My daughter went to the loo, then refused to wait for me and ran out to the play area. The toilets were within the play area but not staffed or ticketed."
The mum stressed that she did tell her daughter to wait but she ignored her and ran off to the playground.
"I told her to wait but she said no and was off, told me she was going on the slides as she legged it away!"
She explained that her daughter is familiar with the park.
"We've been there before so she knows where she's going. I had to go to the loo and therefore she played in the park for two minutes unsupervised."
However, many parents were stunned by her actions and stressed just how dangerous it was.
Numerous users pointed out that it can only take a moment for a child to be kidnapped or injured.
One commented, "It only takes a moment for a child to be snatched or to fall off a high slide or run off where you can’t find her. You shouldn’t leave her alone."
Another said: "Not a f***** chance would I have let that happen. Not at all."
Others urged the mum to teach her daughter how important it is to stay with her.
Many mothers empathised with her situation and said it has happened to them.
The mum clearly didn't mean to put her daughter in danger.
One mum shared: "You know it wasn't great but nothing went wrong. Just have a plan or better control in place so it doesn't happen again."
What do you think? Was the mum in the wrong or do these incidents happen to the best of us?