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Mum admits to leaving three-year-old alone in playground as she goes toilet

A mum has revealed she left her three-year-old daughter alone in a playground just so she could run to the loo.

The woman how told she was desperate for the toilet when she arrived at the rural touristy attraction.

She claimed the child refused to wait as she was eager to begin playing in the area, so she thought she'd go alone.

Now posting on popular parenting forum Mumsnet, the woman asked the website if she was being reasonable.

Confessing on the Am I Being Unreasonable (AIBU) board, she shared her story.

The woman said: "Not sure if this is an AIBU or more WWYD [what would you do?]

"We were at a rural touristy attraction when we arrived both DD [darling daughter] (three, nearly four) and I needed the loo."

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She added: "DD went then refused to wait for me and ran out to the play area (toilets were within the play area but not staffed).

"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.

"What would others do? She is very independent and confident but it's just the safety aspect."

Since the woman revealed the details on the open forum, it's safe to say that many were stunned by her actions.

One said: "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."

Another wrote: "She's three. It only takes a moment for a child to be snatched or to fall off a high slide or run off.

"You shouldn't leave her alone. She needs to learn she can't run off when you tell her to stay with you. Take her to the loo with you."

Meanwhile a third slammed: "Not a f***** chance would I have let that happen. Not at all."

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