If This is the New Norm, My Parents Neglected Me
Sheesh. Are we a paranoid society or what? Here’s a mom who let her 7-year-old kid (horrors!) walk to a park — with a cellphone — who has been arrested for child neglect.
I walked to and from school, to parks and all over my town (Bloomington, Indiana) beginning when I was 6-years-old — without a cellphone — and somehow I survived and my parents weren’t thought of as neglectful.
Cops Accuse FL Woman of Child Neglect for Letting 7-Year-Old Son Walk to the Park Alone
Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida arrested a local woman and charged her with child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to a park on his own, WPTV-TV reported on Monday.
“My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,” Nicole Gainey was quoted as saying, adding that she paid a bond of nearly $4,000 before being released from jail.
Gainey’s arrest this past Saturday afternoon was allegedly precipitated by an encounter between her son, Dominic, and someone at a local public pool. The boy was walking past the facility at the time on the way to Sportsman’s Park, about half a mile from his home, carrying a cell phone his mother gave him to allow her to check up on him.
“They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops,” Dominic told WPTV.
Sometime later, an unidentified officer approached the boy at the park, at which point he took him back to his home and arrested the elder Gainey. According to WPTV, her arrest report noted the officer’s argument that “numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity” of the park.
“He just basically kept going over that there’s pedophiles and this and that and basically the park wasn’t safe and he shouldn’t be there alone,” Nicole Gainey said.
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