North Carolina Woman who Abandoned Her 9-Year-Old and 19-Month-Old Children Says She was ‘So Tired’ of Being a Single Mom and Struggling to Find Employment

Jennifer Westfall

A single mom who left her two young kids on the side of a road near an elementary school in North Carolina said she “was so tired of doing this by myself,” according to a new report.

Jennifer Westfall, 38, dropped off her 9-year-old and 19-month-old children on a road in Cary, close to Reedy Creek Elementary, cops told local station ABC 11.

Police told the outlet that a woman witnessed the incident, picked up the kids and brought them into the school. School administrators notified the resource officer, who then called Child Protective Services, cops said.

Westfall told a different story.

In an interview with the station, she claimed she drove to the school’s campus, dropped off the young duo and watched a woman take them by the hand.

Westfall thought this was a legal way to abandon the children, she contended. However, state law only allows infants a few days old to be left with another adult.

“I know what I did was wrong but I just, I was so tired of doing this by myself,” Westfall told the station. “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. I’ve been around everywhere. And with these charges, I just don’t see how I’m ever getting my kids back.”

She was arrested at her Fuquay-Varina home Monday and hit with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, according to the report.

She was released from jail Thursday and will re-appear in court later this month.

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