MOTHER ARRESTED FOR ABANDONING KIDS ON ROADSIDE

She abandoned her kids because of unemployment

A Wake County mother was charged with leaving her two young children on a Cary, North Carolina road and speeding away.

Jennifer Westfall, 38, is accused of dropping her nine-year-old and 19-month old off on the side of Reedy Creek Road on October 2.

The children are fine and in foster care.

Jennifer says she just could not take being a single parent anymore.

"I know what I did was wrong, but I just, I was so tired of doing this by myself. 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."

She said she thought that was a legal way to abandon her children.

It is not.

In North Carolina, only days old infants can be left with another adult in order to be considered legal.

Child Protective Services and Cary Police investigated and decided to charge the mother with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

Westfall was arrested at her Fuquay-Varina home and later released from jail. She is due back in court next month.

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