Florida Mom Arrested For Letting Her Son Walk To Park Alone

Her seven year old son had just got off the phone with his mom when he was spotted by the police. They went and arrested his mother for letting him walk alone to the nearby park. The child often went to the park and played alone while a cell phone hung around his neck. The police say he crossed a busy thoroughfare where recent criminal activity had taken place. The mom said she had not heard of the crime recently and her son has been taught how to safely cross the street. Now she may spend five years in prison for allowing her son to go alone. 

What in the world is going on? No, I wouldn't let my seven year old go alone just because I wouldn't. But should this mom spend that much time in prison for a simple thing she used to do as a child? Why not give the mom a warning of the crime in the area and talk with her about it instead of arresting her and charging her? What are your thoughts?

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They are doing more harm than good to that family.  I highly doubt she's a bad mother who deserves this.  They are going way overboard in this situation.  I say a stern warning and send them on their way was all that was necessary.  That poor child had to witness his mother being arrested and will have to also deal with the stress of this situation all because he wanted to go play.  I guarantee that poor little boy is dealing with one huge guilt trip right now even though none of this is his fault.  I hope the prosecutors and judge go very lenient or choose not to prosecute.

 I personally wouldn't allow my child to go by herself at that age because I'm a little over protective, but I used to ride my bike a mile up the road to my friends house all the time at that age.  

Welcome to the land of BIG Brother.  Thank you progressives.

We use to roam the whole neighborhood in SE Ocala when i was that age.  We walked to and from Highlands Elem., almost 2 miles from home. Is DCF that hard up for cases.  I thought they were having a problem keeping track of children in real trouble with their families.

Same here, the bust stop was a half mile away, I walked or road my bike to and from every day all by myself.  On the weekends and summers, I'd leave my house in the morning and run my neighborhood and the next one over till dinner time. I never had adult supervision and I didn't have a cell phone; I knew when to be home or to listen for my dad's yell. 

Barbara Harrison said:

Welcome to the land of BIG Brother.  Thank you progressives.

We use to roam the whole neighborhood in SE Ocala when i was that age.  We walked to and from Highlands Elem., almost 2 miles from home. Is DCF that hard up for cases.  I thought they were having a problem keeping track of children in real trouble with their families.

I have kind of wondered about that myself. I would see little kids waiting on the bus and couldn't imagine me letting my child do that alone. I know it can't be prevented but how is that any different?

Yet, if he lives less than 2 miles from his school the county will not provide transportation to the school so he would be expected to walk to school!!! Where in the law does it say a child can't walk to a park by him/her self? It is up to the parent if that parent feels the child is mature enough then so be it!! Look at all the kids who walk to Howard Middle, Oak Crest, Wyominia Park, Saddlewood schools I'm sure there are crimes within the 2 mile path to school. I know for a fact Saddlewood has been on lockdown due to a man with a gun in the neighborhood. So you can't say ha child couldn't walk to the park because it's a high crime area.
Ok I know exactly where this occurred at. This is not a real bad area the park this kid was at is where all the local youth baseball , basketball, football etc leagues play. The cop did not just show up but rather a woman called them after talking with the boy himself and finding out he was alone. Read the article from the areas newspaper it is more informative. Ill see if I can get a link up for it. So my question is if this park has so many pediphilesliving in close range why don't the cops patrol it? And why are they living so close when legally they are not suppose to?

Also the school zoning is very weird in this area. They put the whole county in three seperate zones then you pick whichever school within that zone you want to attend. So you can either go to the school down the street or the one ten miles away. Needless to say kids are waiting for buses at the crack of retarded and walking who knows how far to get there. So apparently St Lucie County has no issue with kids being allowed to walk all over for school but god forbid if your kid walks to the park.

All that being said Florida does not have a law with a set age to leave kids alone or allow them to go places it basically states that it varies from situation to situation.

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