"As I was pulling into the
garage, my 3-year-old goes, 'Where is baby Huxton?' I turned around and looked
and realized he was gone," Peterson told CBS.
She was quickly reunited with her
child, who had been discovered, unharmed, by a police officer.
Although Peterson was not charged
with a crime, the news of her mishap spread through social media, where she
received a windfall of judgment much worse than she could imagine.
"People went crazy thinking
that I should have my child taken out of my home and they should have never
given me my baby back and I should be in prison right now," Peterson said.
"Nothing they can say can make me feel worse than I did in that moment I
turned around and saw my car seat missing."
After the firestorm on social
media, police said they would recommend a misdemeanor charge of child
endangerment against Peterson. Cherish's husband believes this new charge may
be a reaction against pressure from angry Internet commenters.
Despite the harsh comments, more
than 16,000 people joined a Facebook group in support of Peterson. The hashtag
#IStandWithCherish also trended on Twitter.
"I'm a good mom who made a
horrible mistake," Peterson said.