According to this PIoneer Press article, a Burnsville father is accused of leaving his four year old daughter at home alone while he went out to a local bar with a woman who was not his wife.
From the article:
According to the criminal complaint:
The neighbor contacted Burnsville police 12:20 a.m. Thursday and said the girl had been there for about an hour.
He first thought Moore had left briefly to take home a babysitter or run an errand, but couldn’t find him at home and called police as time wore on.
Police got Moore’s license plate number and searched parking lots of local bars for his vehicle. They found him on the patio of a bar with a woman who was not the child’s mother.
The woman said Moore picked her up around 10 or 10:30 p.m. that night. She said she didn’t know Moore’s daughter was home alone.
That timeline, combined with receipts from the bar, meant the girl was home alone for at least two hours and possibly 3-1/2 hours.
What would you do in this instance? Would you have waited an hour to call the police? Do you think it’s ever appropriate to leave your child alone at home sleeping while you go out somewhere? If you do, what distance from your home is acceptable? What timeframe? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.