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How old is your daughter?
Whether it is neglect or not depends on a lot of factors, like whether your yard is fenced, if there are any animals in it, etc. As an example, if you had left a two year old alone in the an unfenced yard with a busy street running alongside it or with a pit bull in the yard with the child then that might be neglect whereas if the yard was fenced and it was just a grass covered lawn it likely wouldn't be.
Two years old is usually a little young to be outside alone but if you were watching from the window that is different than just leaving them outside alone. Even if she does report you to CPS I doubt they would do anything unless it is somehow extra dangerous as I described above.
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Neglect is very fact intensive as far as CPS is concerned. What is neglect in some cases would not be with a small change in facts. I think that, based on what you've said, it's unlikely it would be considered neglect.
You do want to be careful when dealing with them since some of the CPS workers are a little overzealous.
No, not really. You could hire a lawyer to send your mother a cease and desist letter and then, of course, don't do anything that your mother finds objectionable but that is losing a lot of your rights as a parent. You could also call and talk to CPS and see if they have a problem with it.
Yes, I've helped a large number of people over the years dealing with similar situations and it is always stressful for them.
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