She Said She Was Too Tired to Babysit Her Grandson, so When Her Daughter Left Him With Her Anyway, She Told the Police He’d Been Abandoned 

A woman recently asked for some advice after her grandson was taken in by CPS and her daughter blamed her. Here’s what happened.

They lived together

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A woman took her 20-year-old daughter and two-year-old grandson into her home a few months ago when her daughter ran into difficulty and had nowhere else to go.

She lived rent-free

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The woman did everything at first and even told her daughter not to worry about rent. The girl didn’t have a job, so this made sense—rent would have been impossible, and her mother knew times were hard.

She didn’t try

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The problems started when the woman’s daughter didn’t seem to be looking for a job at all. She hung around the house instead while the woman went to work.

It took a lot of persuading

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The woman’s daughter finally did get a part-time job, but the woman ended up having to practically force her into it.

Her ex wasn’t around

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The little boy’s father wasn’t in the picture and didn’t offer any kind of help or financial support to his son, which made things harder.

They had a system

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Since they both had to work, the woman came up with a system. She said, “I primarily babysit my grandson while my daughter works, runs errands, etc.”

She didn’t want him 24/7

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Although the woman was happy to babysit on this basis, she definitely didn’t want to take care of the boy full-time and told her daughter it wasn’t her responsibility.

She’d already raised her children

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The woman said, “I raised my kids, and I did my best, so I should not have another weight on my shoulders or raise another child because she had him so young.”

She was too tired to watch him

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One day, the woman’s daughter had an 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. shift, while the woman worked her normal 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. shift. She told her daughter she’d have to find alternative childcare, as she would be too tired to care for the boy that day.

She left him there

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Despite the woman telling her daughter it wasn’t possible, the daughter left for work and didn’t arrange for anyone to take care of her son.

She couldn’t contact her

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The woman was furious and tried to call her daughter, but her phone was off.

She went to the police station

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Without knowing what else to do, the woman picked up her grandson and went to the nearest police station. She told the police that the boy had been abandoned and gave them her daughter’s contact details.

He was neglected

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Not long afterward, the woman’s daughter finally got in touch with her. She was sobbing because CPS had taken the boy due to neglect and child abandonment, and she blamed her mother for no longer having access to her son.

Was she wrong?

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Was the woman wrong to take her grandson to the police station, or should she have babysat even though she was tired?

The internet responded

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Few sympathized with the woman. One person said, “I just can’t fathom someone doing this to their grandchild. He had to be scared to death.”

Another person said, “Traumatizing a baby to make a point is just an awful, awful thing to do.”

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