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would you consider it harmful and neglectful if a parent leaves

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would you consider it harmful and neglectful if a parent leaves a 4yr old and 6 year old home alone to drive 4 blocks to take another child to school?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Tina replied 6 years ago.

Thank you for contacting I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation.

Yes. These incidents are evidence of neglect. Very young children and those with incapacities should not be left alone for any amount of time typically.

If you believe the children are in imminent danger because of the neglect, you should contact child protective services to investigate.

The neglect needs to be documented in some way and filing a complaint begins that process.

Another option is to consult with a local family law attorney about obtaining custody of the children if there is ample evidence of neglect.

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