Grandmother who left child in hot car admits her mistake

- Many people were outraged when they saw our story Monday that a woman left her grandchild inside her car on a very hot day so she could run into the store.

Now Gwendolyn Stanton  is going to tell her side of the story.

"I went to Save-A-Lot to get breakfast for my grandkids," she said. "I went to go in there to get bacon or whatever."

Perhaps it was a late breakfast because all of this happened Monday at 1 p.m. Stanton says she ran into the Save-A-Lot on Eight Mile in Detroit to grab bacon and eggs for her sleeping grandchildren.

She says she left her 2-year-old grandson in the car because he didn't have on any shoes. Stanton claims she was inside the store for less than four minutes - instead of the nearly 15 minutes like a concerned Kelly Winfrey told FOX 2 earlier this week.

"I have nine grandkids and I have taken care of all my grandkids since they were born," she said. "I just wanted to tell my side of the story because I don't want to look like a villain in his situation.

"I know maybe I wasn't thinking at that point in time. Like I said, my fault on that one. That's an experience that I will never forget."

Kelly Winfrey also claimed when she confronted Ms. Stanton she became aggressive even ramming into her car as she tried to leave the scene.

"I pulled my phone out and I did like this (to take a photo) and she put her car in reverse," Winfrey told FOX 2. "And rammed my car."

Stanton explained her side.

"So I was thinking (Winfrey) was pulling out and going to follow me," she said. "So when I pulled back that's when I bumped into her car. A couple times."

Although Winfrey called Detroit police that day, Stanton says no one has contacted her. She just wants to apologize and say this will never happen again

"I am not running or hiding anything or whatever, I just have to be responsible for any situation," Stanton said. "So I apologize to the lady if she thought I did anything to hurt her feelings or whatever. I do apologize for that."

Stanton's family members came to her defense as well, saying she is a loving grandmother and has never neglected any of her grandchildren.
 

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