Why are parents threatened for letting children play?
Remember the series of horror stories we heard about parents leaving their kids in vehicles? Well, just recently a Maryland mother was charged with allowing a child under the age of eight “to be locked or confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent.”
The only problem with this is that the children were not locked anywhere. They were not confined to any “dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle” while an adult was absent.
They were outside. The mother let her six and ten year old child walk two blocks to a neighborhood park and play. Someone called the cops and Montgomery County Child Welfare decided that the law about not leaving a child alone trapped in a car or house was the same as letting them walk outside.