Nejat Must Stay Away from Nordstrom, Take Parenting Classes, Pay $1,000 (Poll)

The case of the Danville mother who left her twin infants in her SUV while she returned items to Nordstrom in Pleasanton came to a conclusion Thursday.

The Amanda Nejat case came to a conclusion Thursday in the Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton.

The 46-year-old Danville mother, who left her 11-week-old twins in her Escalade while she returned items to Nordstrom, was ordered by Judge Jacob Blea to stay away from the Pleasanton retailer, take parenting classes and pay a $1,000 fine, the Mercury News reported.

Through Nejat pleaded not guilty in March to two counts of child endangerment, she switched to no contest as part of the plea deal and had one of the counts dropped, the Merc report stated.

The plea also requires Nejat to take 26 parenting classes and 52 counseling sessions.

If Nejat sticks to the plea, the judgment could be expunged after two years.

Pleasanton Police arrested after someone noticed in a parked Cadillac Escalade in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot.

The witness called police and mall security and when the mother — who turned out to be Nejat — returned, she was arrested.

Based on security camera footage, Pleasanton Police officer Larry Cox said the infants were left alone for at least 40 minutes.

Nejat told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted she did some shopping and returned some items.

the witness was a mom herself.

"She kind of did a double take when she first heard this," he said. "As a parent, you know the difference between an infant cry and the cry of an older child."

As mall security officers and the witness waited by the car, Nejat came out, Cox said.

"They told her they'd called police, and that she needed to wait there," Cox said. "She didn't try to flee or anything like that."

She admitted to shopping and returning some things, Cox said. She didn't say what she was shopping for.

She was arrested on the spot. Her husband picked up the babies and took them home, Cox said.

Lisa Duluth June 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks for the comment, Julie. I agree. It is sooo hard to be a new parent. Parenting classes seems VERY appropriate. The hard thing about being a parent these days is that everyone is quick to judge, instead of offering support and help. Moms are the worst... we are so judgemental of each other when we really need to help each other out. Of all the people who 'voted' for the poll and think that the sentence is too light... I wonder what they want? The children to be taken out of their home and put in foster care? Where is the 'family value' in that? Let's help this woman become a great mom... isn't that the best scenario? Kids in their own home with their own loving parents. She made a mistake and used bad judgement once. Her husband is now aware of the situation. Hopefully she can find someone to come in and help and give her a needed break some days. Come on people, give her another chance. Who doesn't need a second chance?
Dee June 22, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Yes, it's hard to be a new mom, but for goodness sake's most of us have managed without doing something as blatantly stupid as leaving our young babies unattended in a vehicle for a LONG period of time. It's not like she walked up to the ATM to get cash, she left them and SHOPPED and it was in a situation that endangered them. I sure hope the parenting classes make an impact on her. I know when those kids get in to school, she will be remembered and sadly this will affect these innocent little kids lives, for a longer period of time than the short time they were left alone in that car.
Lisa Duluth June 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Dee, You stated: I know when those kids get in to school, she will be remembered and sadly this will affect these innocent little kids lives, for a longer period of time than the short time they were left alone in that car. Unfortunately... that is exactly what I mean about mom's judging each other. In 5 years.. there will be parents that won't let their kids play over at her kids' house... etc etc. Who knows what she will be like in 5- 10 years? Maybe the best mom on the planet, maybe not. We just don't know what was going on that day.... she could have been in post-partum depression when she did this. One incident should not define her.. a pattern possibly should, but not one incident. Unfortunately for many... one incident will define her.
Dee June 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Lisa, I think women instinctively want to protect the innocent and that is why she is judged and will be judged harshly for this type of situation. We are all guilty of making dumb mistakes as parents and while I realize we can't change people from judging others, it's human nature to judge. No matter what the circumstances that led to her leaving the babies, it's always going to follow her if she lives in the same town where she is known. I don't know enough about PPD, but I do know as someone who's being severely depressed that I wouldn't have the energy to shower and leave my house, let alone shop at the mall. Perhaps she was on medication? We don't know what caused her lack of sensibility. I hope she gets the help she needs and makes better choices going forward and that her babies have happy, healthy lives.
Ruby SoHo June 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It is my understanding that she did not give birth to these babies. She used a surrogate. No post-partum there. I am also a mother of twins. I know how hard it is to have two crying infants. I NEVER EVER left them in the car. EVER! Mothers talk. They always have and they always will. I hope in 5 years she will be a good mother but until then she needs to be watched. Not for her sake but for the sake of the babies.


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