Debra Harrell of North Augusta, South Carolina has a story like so many other single mothers, except hers is that much more heart wrenching. Debra was arrested for something that many single parents are forced to do, against there will, in order to make ends meet and keep food on the table, clothes on the back and shelter over the heads of their families.
Unable to afford childcare, Debra would bring her 9 year old daughter to McDonalds where she worked, leaving her seated with a laptop to keep her occupied. Unfortunately, the laptop broke and left with a restless young child, Debra made the difficult decision to allow her to play at a park during her daytime work shifts in order to keep her entertained and provide her with the chance to socialize with other children. Harrell would leave her child with a cell phone in case of emergency and took comfort in knowing the park was only a few thousand feet away from her job.
Someone noticed that the child would be left at the park unsupervised by an apparent nearby parent and instead of bringing her back to the McDonalds or even calling the mother with the cellphone, she instead called the police. Harrell was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. Currently, her daughter is in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
In an effort to help Harrell, a complete stranger who was touched by her story has started a fundraising campaign on YouCaring.com to help with attorney fees to not only help her avoid jail time but also get her daughter back.
If you would like to donate to the campaign you can do so here.