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PARENTING: At What Age Is It OK to Send Your Kid to the Park Alone?

Posted: Thursday 05:13PM Jul. 24, 2014 PT

Earlier this month, a mother in South Carolina was arrested and had her nine-year-old daughter taken away from her by social services because she spent her days at the park without a guardian.

The girl did have a cellphone for emergencies – but she was spending her time at the park while her mom was working shifts at McDonald’s.

It’s a tricky case …

Some people were outraged that the state stepped in just because the mom let the kid play at the park alone.

Other people were outraged that the mom let the kid go unsupervised for so long each day.

John & Leslye

Photo by Jeff Hawkins

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