Everybody understands that it is always wrong to leave an infant home alone while you are out. There is no way you can even do that. And it does not matter even if you out for a quick run, let us say, to the store. But how do we know when a child is old enough?
It’s already known that there aren’t many laws to guide parents who are unsure if their children are old enough to stay home alone. Just imagine! 15 million children in the United States are home alone after school every day…
State Laws on When a Child is Old Enough to be Alone
Some state laws vary quite a bit, some don’t. For example, Texas does not set a minimum age of a child to able to stay home alone. Others, such as Oregon, set a minimum age of 10 years. In Maryland it is not allowed to leave a child under the age of 8 alone at home or even in a car. There are also states where a minimum age is set for babysitters as well. Anyway, it is always better to contact the state department of health if you are not sure about the law in your state. By the way, it is always the right decision to contact the child services agency for information on that.
Parents Must Supervise Their Children
You are responsible for supervising your child. You cannot simply leave your child home alone. What if something happens, such as a fire or an injury? Of course, you might get a visit from the police. In many states, child neglect is a crime. Usually it is a misdemeanor. Guess what happens next? Right! You could even go to jail if you’re found guilty. So there’s always a way to solve the problem. Make sure that a child who is left home alone is prepared for emergencies.
Family Lawyer Can Help
The law of leaving a child home alone is complicated and when something goes wrong it gets even more complex. And if you have any questions you should definitely contact a family law lawyer.
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