This mom was arrested for going grocery shopping and leaving her children alone!

I’m the eldest of 9 children, so I remember staying home with my siblings whenever my parents had to work, or if they had to run errands. I also recall going places on my own—riding my bike throughout the town, and I was quite young; but nowadays, there are some laws prohibiting or limiting parents from leaving their kids, home alone.

So, is there an appropriate age to leave your kids on their own? Susan, Terrillion, 55, thought so. She resides in Maryland, but was vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, DE and she left her 8 and 9-year-old children in the rental, while she went grocery shopping, 5 miles away.

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She was arrested and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of her children, according to USA Today.

When the family dogs ran out in front of a car, the driver got out to help the kids. The witness notified the police of the incident, describing that the children had been left alone for 45 minutes. Thankfully, no one was injured and the mother was released on $500 bail.

Depending on state laws, parents can be arrested if they leave their children alone, unless they meet the criteria of acceptable minimum age. There are no federal laws in the books, however.

“While there is no law in Delaware regulating an appropriate age for a child to be left home alone, the Division of Family Services will accept for investigation any report of a child under the age of 12 being left alone,” the website describes. “DFS will also accept reports for children age 12 and over if there are any extenuating circumstances (e.g. developmental delays, physical disabilities).”

The following chart will help parents make the right decision about leaving their children unattended.

Article: Woman’s Day