Petty Parenting: Mom Abandons Son at Hospital With Note Saying He’s 'Rude'

(Photo: KSL News via NBC)

Petty Parenting: Mom Abandons Son at Hospital With Note Saying He’s 'Rude'

Kathy Sherrer said her 8-year-old son called her names and pulled his pants down in public.

Published March 15, 2016

A Utah mom had enough when her son kept calling her names and pulling his pants down in public. Now, she’s paying the price.

Kathy Sherrer was charged with child abandonment and child abuse after leaving her “ungovernable” 8-year-old son at Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Jordan, reports AOL.

“He was calling me names, he was calling me the B word, he was pulling his pants down in public,” Sherrer told FOX 13 News.

According to police, the boy was dropped off at the hospital on Feb. 21 with a note that read, “This kid is rude and ungovernable! I do not want him in my house at all!”

He later told hospital staff that his mother had abused him by hitting him in the arm with a spoon, leaving a bruise, according to court documents.  

Sherrer said she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong because of the state’s Safe Haven laws, which allows parents to anonymously give up custody of newborn babies no more than three days old without question.

“I thought that it was OK that we could drop them off and it was a safe haven place,” she said. “I don’t think I’m necessarily a bad mother. I got more like overwhelmed." The 36-year-old mother of four said she recently separated from the children’s father.

“You don’t simply say, ‘I’ve had enough and I’m going to drop off this child and no one knows who I am,’” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said.

Sherrer reconciled with her children’s father while their son remains in foster care and she’s hopeful he’ll be returned to her home soon.  

If she thinks back-mouth from an 8-year-old is tough and warrants abandonment, we don’t want to know what she’ll do when he’s a teen. 

(Photo: KSL News via NBC)

Written by Zayda Rivera


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