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Mother left 3-year-old at park to teach son a lesson, police say

A Georgia couple driving on July 2 said they were shocked to see a 3-year-old boy running alone in the street and in danger of being hit by a car after 10 p.m. So they stopped, rescued the boy, took him to a nearby gas station and called 911. Now, the boy’s mother is facing felony charges for the way she allegedly tried to teach her son a “lesson.”

The Gwinnett County Police Department alleged that Gabrielle Josephine Buckley, a 28-year-old Decatur woman, recklessly left her son alone at DeShong Park in Stone Mountain as a disciplinary tactic for being “unruly all day” and then did not call police to report her son missing for more than a half-hour.

According to the police report obtained by Law&Crime, the defendant “indicated that her son … was missing because they couldn’t find him,” but the documents indicate that this was because Michelle and Will Mosley had already rescued the 3-year-old.