Mom FORGETS 2-month-old baby in supermarket trolley

By Lindsay de Freitas
31 August 2015

Us mom Cherish Petersen has admitted to forgetting her baby in a trolley at a grocery store, returning 40mins after leaving the store without him.

27-year-old Cherish was shopping at an Arizona supermarket with three of her four small children, including her two-month-old son, Huxton. She was reportedly feeling frenzied while rushing around the store buying candy for her nephew’s birthday. She then left the store with two of her children but accidentally left her youngest in a trolley at the front of the mall.

"I got into my car, and normally I put my cart away," explains Cherish.

'I thought the whole time he was in my car'

"But I didn't need to because I parked at the front of the store and I never park there. And I drove away." The tot was recovered almost immediately by an off-duty police officer who took him to a nearby salon while he tried to locate his parents. Cherish eventually realized her mistake and returned for her son 40 minutes later. "As I was pulling into the garage, my 3-year-old goes, where's baby Huxton?'’….His car seat is right behind me. I turned around and realized it was gone."

Although Cherish admits that it took her a while to return to the store, she denies reports which say she returned hours later, "It was still 40 minutes. It was not two hours.” “And I never took my other kids out of the car, so it wasn't like I knew I left him. I thought the whole time he was in my car." Luckily, the infant was unharmed and is doing fine. Cherish however has come under fire, with many on social media slamming her actions, with one Twitter user claiming that she is a 'bad mom who must have been drunk.' Her actions have led to a social media frenzy with those in her corner using the hashtag #IstandwithCherish.

Others came out in support of Cherish and the hashtag began trending on Twitter soon after the story came to light.

Fortunately for Cherish, her devoted husband has stood by her throughout this ordeal.

“I married the best, in terms of the mother and wife Cherish is to me and our children,” said husband Nathan Peterson.

“A mistake was made, and we learned, but we're not perfect…But we love our family and we love our children and we are grateful that everything is okay.”

After initially stating that no charges would be filed against the young mother, Arizona police have now filed a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.


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