A mum has sparked a wild online debate after leaving her self-isolating seven-year-old daughter home alone to do the school run.
Fellow parents branded her "irresponsible" and "negligent" as her dilemma attracted hundreds of comments on Mumsnet.
The mum wrote: "She's off school as the bubble are isolating and I had school runs to do today.
"I drive a 7 seater car and had been given a courtesy car for the day.
"This car only has 5 seats and I needed 6 if dd was going to fit in. I couldn't do anything else at short notice. The others were at school and needed collecting."
Her husband, who looked after their daughter during the morning school-run, had popped out in the afternoon just as school finished, The Sun reports.
The mum added: "I spoke to her beforehand about the dangers and what to do if x or y happened, explained she could use Alexa to call my mobile also if there was a problem.
"I was gone about 15 minutes in total."
She was blasted as "negligent" and "unreasonable" despite claiming she couldn’t have walked to the school and back either.
The mum said: "Even if I'd have walked (which isn't so close) she wouldn't have been able to come to the school with me as they've sent the bubble home.
"But at least next time I can leave her in the car if needs be now we've got the big one back."
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She pointed out her daughter was in exactly the same place where she left her, saying: "I came home and she was where I'd left her, on the sofa watching tv lying down on her iPad.
"Is this awful of me? I feel so negligent."
Nearly 700 people have commented on the dilemma, with one mum saying: "Sorry I think you were massively unreasonable. You knew about the car. You knew the school run needed doing."
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Someone else wrote: "You had 6 hours to formulate a better plan. Unreasonable and irresponsible. Sorry."
A third raged: "Not acceptable at all OP, sorry. It was negligent, yes your daughter was fine but she might not have been. Had the police been notified they would have forced entry and you’d have a referral to Social Services. It’s not worth the hassle is it?"
Agreeing, this mum wrote: "100% no. I would rather have called the school. Surely you know another parent who could have helped?"
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Someone else thought: "Age 7 is too young, regardless of how sensible or mature they appear to be."
Another mum commented: "Absolutely not acceptable. She is so young. You made the wrong call."
But not everyone agreed, with one mum saying: "I think you're well aware you shouldn't have done this but we've all done things like this before in an emergency so don't beat yourself up, she was fine."
Another said: "It's fine, she's fine. No big deal."
Someone else thought: "It was 15 minutes. Your daughter was fine. Stop beating yourself up about it!"
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