Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Florida mother is facing a felony child neglect charge after she allowed her son to walk to a local park alone.
On Sunday, Nicole Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to Sportsman Park, a half-mile away, or about a 10- to 15-minute walk.
“I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, I was letting him go play,” said Gainey.
Along the way, the 7-year-old passed a public pool and someone asked him where his mother was.
“They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and then they called the cops,” Dominic said.
The boy was playing when Port St. Lucie Police pulled up.
“They said where does your mom live?” he said.
Police took him home and that’s when his mother was arrested, charged with child neglect.
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