A single mother in Houston was arrested for abandoning her children despite the fact that they were never out of her sight as they were sitting 30 feet away from them.

Laura Browder, a single mother of two, had just moved to Houston when she received a call for a job interview last week.

Browder did not have enough time to set up child care.

In an attempt to make sure her children are provided for, the mom did what it took to ensure that she could get to the interview, despite not having enough time to set up child care.

The interview was to be conducted in the food court of Memorial City Mall she was not applying for a job there, but it was an agreed upon meeting spot.  Without any options besides missing the interview, Browder brought her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, bought them lunch, and sat them at a table 30-feet away from where she was speaking with her potential employer.  The children were in her line of site the entire time.

The interview went well, and the single mom was offered the position- which she accepted.  As she made her way back to her children, a police officer appeared and arrested her- possibly costing her the job that would have provided for her children.  The department claims that someone had called the police saying the children had been left alone and crying.

“This was very unfortunate this happened. I had a interview with a very great company with lots of career growth. I am a college student and mother of two. I would never put my name, background or children in harms way intentionally. I have a promising future ahead of me regardless of what the media tries to portray me as. A judge released my children to me knowing that I was a good mother who just made a not so smart decision. My children weren’t even 30 yards away from me, I fed them and sat there with them until it was time to meet with my interviewer. This too will pass and I am not concerned with outsiders have to say or what they think.” Bowder said in a statement to KHOU.

Following the story breaking in the media, Browder has thankfully been offered more jobs as well as assistance.  Her children were returned to her care following her release.