Mom of the Year: British mother Jennifer Butler abandons children to marry prisoner she met online

Jennifer Butler and her new flame, prisoner Christopher Mosier

A British mother is leaving her children behind to make a new life with a U.S. prisoner she met online.

Jennifer Butler, 29, is flying 5,000 miles from the UK to French Robertson Unit in Texas to marry Christopher Mosier, 23, leaving her three young kids who are all younger than 10.

She plans to move in with him when he is released on parole in September. Her children will stay with their dad, from whom she split in 2010.

“Some people might think I’m bonkers for falling in love with a prisoner. And not everyone will agree with our relationship,” Butler said. “But Chris is a wonderful man. Sure, he made a few mistakes in the past, but everybody deserves a second chance.”

The single mother began writing to Mosier in July 2011 after catching his profile on the website, which helps would-be pen pals write to inmates.

Mosier’s profile revealed he had been sentenced to 15 years in 2009 for burglary with deadly conduct and drugs convictions. He was a member of an armed gang that burgled a house and he had previous convictions for possessing cannabis.

Butler says she felt an immediate connection to him and was impressed by his honesty.