Nikia Smith of Georgia walked into a government office of children’s affairs and left her three sobbing children there, while she asked officials if they would take them because she doesn’t want them anymore, before trying to just walk away.
Officials at the Department of Family and Children office tried to talk to Smith, telling her that she shouldn’t make hasty decisions… also that what she was doing was illegal, you can’t just drop off children to an office and tell them to keep them. They even threatened to call police, but the young woman’s answer was the same, she didn’t want them.
Smith was ultimately arrested at the scene for trying to leave her children. She said she would rather go to jail then take her kids back.
The reason is sadder than you would think: Smith’s oldest child has a mental disability and she couldn’t afford the treatment anymore.
A Georgia woman was arrested after she dropped her kids off at a Department of Family and Children office because she did not want them anymore.Nikia Smith reportedly walked into the Cobb county office of the Department and asked officials if she could leave her three children with them.“They advised her, ‘Look it’s the end of the day come back tomorrow we can work through some of this and make decisions,’” Marietta Police officer Brittany Wallace said, Mommy Page reported. Smith then walked away and ultimately abandoned her children in the lobby.
The kids started crying, prompting officers to track the mother down and try to negotiate with her.
“Continued to talk to her, ‘Let’s talk about this, lets figure out a plan.’ They did tell her, ‘If you do not return we will take out a warrant for you.’ At that point in time she made the comment ‘I would rather go to jail than take back my children,’” Wallace said.Smith told authorities that she decided to leave her kids because her oldest is mentally disabled and she couldn’t afford the treatment anymore.
She was ultimately arrested when she firmly decided not to take her kids back.“Some people think you can take your kid and drop them off at a fire department or drop them off at DFAC and they would gladly take them in. That is not the case,” Wallace said.Many readers were outraged by the mother’s actions, but said her decision was better than harming or killing them.