Most kids know that's an idle threat. But two Scardale, NY girls, ages 10 and 12, were literally dumped by their mother, who then drove off.
What was she thinking? The mom, Madlyn Primoff, should have known better. Especially as she's a prominent 45-year-old Park Avenue attorney and a partner at a well-respected law firm in New York City.
On Sunday evening, Primoff told her two bickering daughters to get out of the car as the family drove through White Plains, NY. Once they did, she drove away. When the older one ran after the car Primoff let her back inside. Mother and daughter then proceeded to drive the 3 miles home to Scarsdale, an affluent suburb of New York City, leaving behind the younger daughter abandoned and alone.
A kind stranger, seeing the 10-year-old in tears, bought her an ice cream cone and called White Plains police. They picked the girl up and learned the mother's name and address.
Primoff later reported her younger daughter missing to Scarsdale police, who contacted White Plains where the girl was safe at police headquarters. When Primoff showed up at White Plains with her older daughter in tow, police arrested her and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned yesterday, pleaded not guilty, and was released on bail.
A temporary order of protection has been issued, which bars her from having contact with her daughters.
Since the story broke late Tuesday night, no doubt the morning news and talk shows will be having a field day with Madlyn Primoff today.
Many of us can empathize with her impulse. But to actually do it...and then drive away and stay away? What was going on inside her head - and inside that car - for her to act this way?