Mum sparks fierce debate after confessing she left daughter, 3, alone in park

A mum has sparked a furious debate online, after she confessing she left her three-year-old daughter alone in the park while she went to the toilet – and other parents are divided.

Taking to Mumsnet, the mum turned to other parents to question whether what they would have done in her situation, after her daughter “legged it away” when she nipped to the loo.

“We were at a rural touristy attraction, and when we arrived, both my daughter (three, nearly four) and me needed the loo,” the mum explained.

“My daughter went to the loo, then refused to wait for me and ran out to the play area. The toilets were within the play area but not staffed or ticketed.”

She added: “I told her to wait but she said no and was off, told me she was going on the slides as she legged it away! We’ve been there before so she knows where she’s going. I had to go to the loo and therefore she played in the park for two minutes unsupervised.”

The mum went on to say her daughter is “very independent and confident, but admitted she worried in terms of the safety aspect of the incident, and questioned what other parents would do in her situation.

“She’s three. It only takes a moment for a child to be snatched or to fall off a high slide or run off where you can’t find her. You shouldn’t leave her alone,” one person wrote.

“She needs to learn she can’t run off when you tell her to stay with you. Take her into the loo with you.”

However, a slightly more sympathetic person added: “You know it wasn’t great but nothing went wrong. Just have a plan or better control in place so it doesn’t happen again.

“Having two children in a toilet cubicle with you isn’t fun, especially when you are sitting there and one of them is opening and closing the door!”

“Not a f* chance would I have let that happen. Not at all,” a third wrote.