An Arizona mom who left her baby in a shopping cart in 104-degree weather on Aug. 24 is at the center of a tense social media controversy that erupted with the hashtag #IStandWithCherish as she faces a possible misdemeanor charge.
Cherish Peterson, 28, of Phoenix, was shopping at the Fry’s grocery store at Higley and Pecos when she left to continue her errands with only three of her four young children, according to CBS News.
Peterson said it wasn’t until she had pulled into her garage that she noticed 2-month-old Huxton’s absence when her 3-year-old asked her, “Where is baby Huxton?” according to CBS News.
“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,” Peterson said. “I'm a good mom who made a horrible mistake.”
After her horrific discovery, Peterson immediately returned to the store and arrived there about 40 minutes after she first left Huxton in the shopping cart, discovering that passers-by had brought the baby out of the heat into a Gilbert Supercuts nearby, according to the New York Daily News.
“It's Arizona, it's freaking hot outside, you can't even walk your dog on the floor, imagine leaving your baby in a cart, that's awful,” said Miranda Asadoorian, of Gilbert Supercuts. “He looked like he was well taken care of, it's just a pretty big thing to forget.”
"People went crazy thinking that I should have my child taken out of my home and they should have never given me my baby back and I should be in prison right now," Peterson said, according to CBS News. "Nothing they can say can make me feel worse than I did in that moment I turned around and saw my car seat missing."
Reactions on Twitter to the mother’s mistake have been mixed.
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