Mother Arrested for Leaving 9-Year-Old Daughter at Park while She Worked at McDonalds

Friday, July 18, 2014
Debra Harrell

A South Carolina woman has had her child taken from her by authorities and wound up in jail for using a public park as free daycare.


Debra Harrell of North Augusta was arrested after police learned she was regularly leaving her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby park for hours at a time while she worked at McDonald’s.


Harrell, 46, has been charged with unlawful conduct towards a child, who is now with child protective services.


The mother claims it was her daughter’s idea to leave her at Summerfield Park, following a robbery at their home. The child was given a cell phone in case of emergencies and reportedly not harmed while alone in Summerfield. She also would walk a mile and a half to eat lunch at McDonald’s.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

North Augusta Mother Charged With Unlawful Conduct Towards A Child (by Deon Guillory, WJBF)

Mom Jailed For Leaving Her Child In A Park While She Worked At McDonalds (by Bryce Covert, Think Progress)


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