Is this mom's arrest justified or just ridiculous? Would you leave your 8- and 9-year-old kids home alone to go pick up takeout? Susan Terrillion of Maryland did, during a family trip to Delaware. And she was arrested.
Mom Arrested For Leaving 8- and 9-Year-Olds Home Alone for Less Than an Hour
Staying Home Alone: Is your child ready for self-care?
Their readiness is a big factor in that and they could be 12 or years-old and still not feel comfortable in being home alone. Sandy Duffield remembers raising her kids. Boyce agrees their judgement is crucial, and helps their development. It helps to teach them responsibility and what they are responsible for. Children 8 to 10, the maximum is probably three hours. Eleven to 13, maximum of probably 12 hours.
Determining when a child is old enough to leave home alone
For many parents, this scenario can be heartbreaking — no parent wants to feel rejected by his or her own child. For many children, this scenario can be equally heartbreaking — most children do not want to have to choose between parents. At the same time, children above a certain age have the wherewithal to express an intelligent opinion with regard to how spending more time with one parent will affect their development — in school, with peers, with activities and with family. Can children really have this much power in a custody dispute?
A: There really is no set age at which a child may be left unattended in Missouri. It all depends on the maturity level of the child, his or her ability to make decisions, the length of time left alone, etc. You basically just have to use your best judgment. Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions.