A Ohio mother arrested after police discovered her children alone at a Liberty motel which some criticized, however, gave her support on social media. Shaina Bell, spoke with 27 First News about the whole ordeal. Bell talked about her three children Faith, Jai’Sean, and Jade, ages 9, 7 and 3.
“My kids bring me joy. They make me laugh. They’re my world. I would never do anything to harm my kids. My kids are everything to me,” she said. “That’s all I do is go to work and take care of my kids. That’s all I do.”
Last week Bell was arrested at Little Caesars where she works after being accused of leaving her children by themselves at a Motel 6 room where the family has been living.
“I had to go to work. My daughter decided that she wanted to stay here. My daughter told me that this is where she wants to be, and I felt that she was old enough to be able to stay here with her sister for a few hours because my job is right down the street,” Bell said.
That decision landed Bell with two misdemeanor charges of endangering children. She spent the night in jail after her children’s father called police. Bell said it’s embarrassed but isn’t mad at anyone.
“I never set blame on anybody for anything because at the end of the day nobody left my kids in the hotel but me,” she said. “I’ve cried a couple of times since this situation started. I’m just trying to keep a level head and trying to stay strong because that’s all I can do.”
Bell story gained traction across the country, from both the haters and those who support the mother of three.
“A lot of people are saying hurtful things, but a lot of people are also being there for me and showing great support. I have over $100,000 in a GoFundMe account right now. I didn’t ask for that, but people gave it to me, and I’m just over appreciative to what’s going on,” Bell said
A GoFundMe campaign has been organized to “Help Shaina Bell Rebuild her Children’s Life” was created by a woman named Danielle Hosey, who said she is Bell’s mother. The campaign says, Bell “works hard and she loves her family very much” but could use help “establishing a safe and permanent home.” The campaign has raised over $125,000 dollars.
“I too was a single mother once. I see your hustle and am so sorry this happened. Keep fighting to give your children a better life. I also was once a social worker, such misguided handling of this situation where resources for childcare vouchers could have changed this mother’s life,” one donor who said they were “heartbroken” by Bell’s story wrote.