Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids in Motel Gets $165,000 | 22 Words

The single mom who was arrested after leaving her children in a motel while she worked a shift has received more than $165,000 in generous donations.

This is certainly something that can turn the young mom's life around. Although, the news is bittersweet...

Now, so many single moms and dads have been forced to take on extra work during these difficult times...

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Because taking care of and raising children alone is no walk in the park.

Especially during a pandemic!

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Many parents in the last year have found themselves suddenly juggling more than 1 job alongside raising their kids... which is not ideal.

It's terribly sad to see these parents struggle...

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And more than often, they have to go to extremes to desperately make ends meet... especially when they can't gain access to appropriate childcare.

Well, this is exactly what Shaina Bell recently had to do...

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But sadly, it resulted in her being arrested and taken away from her children.

Shaina, who is from Ohio, is a single mother of 3 young children...

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And she has been working at a Little Caesars to make ends meet.

But when she couldn't find childcare one day, she had no choice but to leave her children in a motel room while she went and worked her shift...

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Which resulted in the mom being arrested.

People have been left gobsmacked over Shaina's arrest...

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And many felt that it was unbelievably harsh to punish the mom for desperately trying to make a living and provide for her children.

Shaina was arrested at her job on February 11th for leaving 2 of her children, aged ten and 2, alone in a motel room...

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She was released the next day but found herself in the need of immediate housing, according to Vice.

Although the mom insisted she had organized for someone to come and check on her children once every hour...

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She was charged with 2 counts of endangering children - a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a possible maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

The mom has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, according to court records...

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And her next hearing is scheduled for April.

Her children have been turned over to their father, according to WFMJ-TV.

When Shaina's story started to gain traction, her mother set up a GoFundMe page to try and support her daughter and grandchildren.

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​"This campaign was created to help Shaina and her children raise the money they need in order to secure permanent and safe housing. Everything raised will go directly to establishing a safe and permanent home for Shaina, Faith, Jai'Sean, and Jade," the page reads.

The grandmother continued:

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​"We understand that everyone has a story and we are grateful that you are listening to ours. From the bottom of our hearts, we not only appreciate the financial contributions, but also the outpouring of support in the form of kind words and understanding."

Well, it's clear that Shaina's story has touched many people...

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And the donations have come pouring in for the single mom.

At the time of writing, the page has reached a staggering $165,000...

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But sadly, these generous donations haven't stopped Shaina being the victim of trolling and abuse.

Speaking to WKBN, per Fox 5 News, Bell explained that while people are "being there for [her] and showing great support," she has also been the target of some hurtful comments.

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"I have over $100,000 in a GoFundMe account right now. I didn't ask for that, but people gave it to me, and I'm just over appreciative of what's going on."

Well, we hope that these generous donations will help Shaina and her children...

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And we're sure it will help the single mom find some appropriate childcare that she so desperately needs.