A mother of three from Illinois, USA, became the reason for people’s anger on the social media. This all happened when a stranger shared a photo online which showed her looking at her phone in Colorado airport whilst her baby lay unattended on a blanket on the floor.
The photo went viral on the social media platform, Facebook. The caption of the photo read “idiot.” The name of the mother is Molly Lensing. She has now come forward to explain why she did so?
A technical glitch with Delta had left Lensing stranded in the airport for more than 20 hours with her then a two-month-old daughter, Anastasia. She was all exhausted and desperate to speak to her family to let them know she would be delayed, she briefly lay Anastasia down on the floor in front of her.
However, the post has since been removed from the site. Explaining her circumstances behind the controversial photo, she said,
“Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch. And I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were.”
Though she wasn’t named in the image, some people managed to find her on Facebook and send her messages calling her a “terrible parent”. Lensing has said that,
“My shaming experience should be a lesson to those who deem it acceptable to publicly judge a stranger’s parenting techniques online.”
Molly has a family of 5, her husband, Nick, and their daughters, Agatha, Felicity, and Anastasia. She added that the incident felt like an absolute violation of her privacy, given that she wasn’t even aware the photo had been taken.