Mum hits back when abused for leaving her crying son in the car

parenting 04/03/2019

Everyone parents differently and it is true that we shouldn't judge other parents for their parenting style - unless of course it could potentially be harmful for the child.

But after one male stepped in to abuse a single mum for her parenting actions, she was furious and adament she had done nothing wrong to deserve the words that were being hurled at her.

Speaking with Herald Sun, the mum - Charlene - said that she had been rushing around all day doing her life admin type jobs when while they were driving, her one year old son threw a massive tantrum.

In an effort to calm him down, the mum stopped and ran into a dairy to grab him a water.

Charlene said she only planned to be out of the car for a few seconds but a man approached while she was at the counter and started hurling abuse.

“He was saying you don’t deserve your child … he called me a sl*g. He was telling me I was clearly as stupid as I looked,” she said.

“In the past, every single time, even while filling up the car with petrol, I take my son with me … this was the first time."

For someone to say that I on any level would not be considering what’s best for my child is insulting.

"I would assume that he would probably not have done the same if I was a big burly man.”

It was reported that the tempratures hit 23 degrees in the location they were in, but Charlene said that she took steps to ensure Ryder was safe in the car. 

She parked right outside the store so she could watch her son and she left the windows opened to let in plenty of air.

But that wasn't enough for the irate man - he then followed Charlene from the shop to her car, even leaning down to scream at her through her infant son’s open window.

His tirade only stopped, she said, when a shocked bystander intervened.

Charlene has since received dozens of messages of support when she shared her experience on social media, with many calling out the man’s “abusive” and “ignorant” behaviour.

Others said they sympathised with the single mum but would never leave a child in a car.

Ambulance Victoria senior paramedic Phil Campbell said children and pets should never be left in cars, even if it was only for a few minutes.

“Tests by Ambulance Victoria found even on a 29 degree day the inside of a car can heat up to 44 degrees within ten minutes and reach 60 degrees within 20 minutes. This can be catastrophic and unfortunately in the past there have been cases of children dying in hot cars,” he said.