What the legal age is that a minor can be left alone while a parent is working?
04/06/2007 - Minors - State: MD #2697
I am curious as to what the legal age is that a minor can be left alone while a parent is working in Maryland? The child just turned 11 on March 26th and is being medicated for ADHD. I am concerned that my ex-sister-in-law may start leaving him to fend for himself rather than take the child to his grandmother on my side of the family (who is willing to watch him and has been doing so) on days that he does not have school ...he currently is in after school day care..but day care is closed on holidays(she is doing this out of spite...messy divorce).... Don't care what their issues are but am worried sick about this little boy being caught in the middle.
The following is a MD statute:
§ 5-801. Confinement in dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle.
(a) In general.- A person who is charged with the care of a child under the age of 8 years may not allow the child to be locked or confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent and the dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle is out of the sight of the person charged unless the person charged provides a reliable person at least 13 years old to remain with the child to protect the child.
(b) Penalties for violation.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both.
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04/06/2007 - Category: Minors - State: MD #2697
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