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This is an open letter to the woman who neglected her child at the Murphy gas station on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 5:30 p.m. on March 25. You were driving a green Honda.
Did you even watch your infant when I was pumping gas and heard him/her screaming from the back seat while you were making your purchase inside the store?
Did you notice when I looked for you and then when I finished pumping my gas I walked inside and saw you still at the counter while my son watched your car?
Did you notice when I walked back to my car and stood at the end of your car waiting for you to come out all while still listening to your newborn crying in the car seat?
Did you care when I confronted you and told you that you should be ashamed of yourself for leaving your infant child in an unlocked car alone while you shopped?
Did you think about what you did after you left the gas station?
I thought about it so much that on the way home from the store I spoke with my son about the incident.
I told him that the next time he wanders off alone and I get very upset because I can’t find him he should understand there are bad people in the world and in the blink of an eye he could be gone.
Your child could have been taken and you would not have seen it happen because you were too busy in the gas station shopping and never once looked outside to see me watching your car so nothing happened to your child.
I should have called the police and had you arrested for child neglect. Instead, I decided to be a parent and parent you on your selfish neglect of your child.
I hope you read this and I hope your family reads this and I hope you understand how you skated by with only a tongue lashing from me. I hope you realize how fast your life and the life of your child could have changed by your selfishness.