Mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to go to park alone

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“Didn’t think I was doing anything wrong:” Mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to go to park alone

Port St. Lucie, FL (WPTV) — A mom faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a park alone. She says he’s old enough but Port St. Lucie Police disagree. Now she’s fighting back.

“I’m totally dumbfounded by this whole situation,” says Nicole Gainey.

It began last Saturday afternoon when Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to Sportsman’s Park .

“Honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” says Gainey, “I was letting him go play.

It’s a half mile from their Port St. Lucie home. Dominic says it only takes him about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. During the walk, the 7-year-old passed a public pool. Someone there asked him where his mom was.

“They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops,” says Dominic Guerrisi.

Dominic was playing at the park when an officer pulled up.

“They said ‘where does your mom live,’ ” says Dominic.

Police took him home. That’s when his mom was arrested and charged with child neglect. Gainey says she was shocked.

“My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,” says Gainey who paid nearly $4,000 to bond out.

The officer wrote in the report that Dominic was unsupervised at the park and that “numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity.”

“He just basically kept going over that there’s pedophiles and this and that and basically the park wasn’t safe and he shouldn’t be there alone,” says Gainey.

She believes Dominic is mature enough to go to the park alone during the day. Gainey adds her son always has a cell phone which she calls to check on him.

“That I’m here and safe,” says Dominic.

Gainey plans to fight the felony charge. But after this she won’t let Dominic go to the park alone. She’s afraid she’ll be arrested again.

The St. Lucie County State’s Attorney’s office says there is no law that specifies how old a child has to be before he or she can go somewhere unsupervised. It’s done on a case-by-case basis.
http://fox6now.com/2014/07/29/mother-arrested-after-allowing-7-year-old-son-to-go-to-park-alone/

Now shes facing charges for child neglect. Talk about taking it to the extreme..?
 

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Letting her 7-year old go walking half a mile away is pretty stupid, honestly. But I wouldn't call it child neglect, nor do I think the mother deserved being arrested. It sounds like this had become a usual routine for them.

The officer kept quoting there being child predators around. Well, isn't it your job to keep the park safe? What's your job again?
 

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There was a story a couple of years ago about a kids parents sending their child to the city on its own. They gave him/her some money for transit, a lunch and a mobile phone. This is the kind of parenting I'm talking about.

Of course, we would'nt send our children to some notoriously bad neightbourhood. I feel there is something about the story in this article thats been left untold.
 
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I was trying to think of when I was little and I'd go further than that from home but I was always with my older brother and mates so I guess its not the same.
 
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This day in age, I don't like my kids go unsupervised.

When I was pre-teen, and as a teenager, um, we went everywhere without supervision, for 5-10 hours a day. My parents would be in prison for life lol.
 

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Oh you USA. You so silly!
[video=youtube;EwLWNXFH2rg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwLWNXFH2rg[/video]
 

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They should arrest the paedophiles that prowl the parks and not mothers that allow their kids to have fun in the park.

When I was 7 I was going about the same distances and probably further, I used to spend alot of time riding along the canals and rivers.
 
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[QUOTE="F34R, post: 6364767]This day in age, I don't like my kids go unsupervised.

When I was pre-teen, and as a teenager, um, we went everywhere without supervision, for 5-10 hours a day. My parents would be in prison for life lol.[/QUOTE]

Don't worry, soon we'll have GPS-trackers implants from the day we are born. Mandatory by law!

F34R, you're police..? What are your and your colleagues view on this?
 
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That's incredibly stupid of her, but I don't think it warrants an arrest. It's sad when parents think this is okay to let their kids do. A lot of crazies out there.
 

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[QUOTE="Sylar, post: 6364766]I was trying to think of when I was little and I'd go further than that from home but I was always with my older brother and mates so I guess its not the same.[/QUOTE]

Pretty much the same with me. I must've been about 5 when I went to the park with my older brother and our friends, mind you he was only 8 at the time but there were at least 7 of us. The park we went to was a good mile away and we often stayed there all day.
 

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Why would any parent be that stupid? You let your kid walk around all by himself? He's got to have other friends or someone to go with. Don't care how mature you think the kid is or how safe you think the neighborhood is that is incredibly irresponsible but not worth an arrest.
 

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[QUOTE="keefy, post: 6364778]They should arrest the paedophiles that prowl the parks and not mothers that allow their kids to have fun in the park.

When I was 7 I was going about the same distances and probably further, I used to spend alot of time riding along the canals and rivers.[/QUOTE]

Are you crazy!?!?! Paedophiles are angels. Mothers are terrorists. They're definitely arresting the right people.
 

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what's more fucked up is that americans don't realize what their country is becoming or maybe it was like this and i didn't realize it. i can positively say that a good chunk of the rest of the world (not talking about countries that are also high in crime rate due to drugs/arms smuggling) are much safer when it comes to children playing outside. myself growing up, we looked out for everyone around us, we knew who was who and which kid was from which family. who were their brothers/sisters, heck even their distant relatives at times.

so it was relatively safe because everyone is watching over, everyone is a witness and the crime wasn't high anyway.

it's sad to see people feeling afraid about everything and i don't blame them, i wouldn't let my kid out either and i wish i could live somewhere where i didn't have to be afraid. i think the problem mostly is that people don't come out in most places...they only come out for designated places (parks/playgrounds) where you'd have a parent/guardian present anwyay.

go to any other culture (non-western) and you'll see more people outside, kids including. i would think it also kept people more in touch with reality, more sane. living my life here without any interaction from others, you sometimes sort of get stuck in a routine. it's not healthy. i hope the best for this nation but anything i ever look into, it's horrifying for me what's happening here.
 

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What was so important in her life that she couldn't have taken her child to the park and played with them??

Probably too busy on facebook
 

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[QUOTE="Omar, post: 6365058]what's more fucked up is that americans don't realize what their country is becoming or maybe it was like this and i didn't realize it. i can positively say that a good chunk of the rest of the world (not talking about countries that are also high in crime rate due to drugs/arms smuggling) are much safer when it comes to children playing outside. myself growing up, we looked out for everyone around us, we knew who was who and which kid was from which family. who were their brothers/sisters, heck even their distant relatives at times.

so it was relatively safe because everyone is watching over, everyone is a witness and the crime wasn't high anyway.

it's sad to see people feeling afraid about everything and i don't blame them, i wouldn't let my kid out either and i wish i could live somewhere where i didn't have to be afraid. i think the problem mostly is that people don't come out in most places...they only come out for designated places (parks/playgrounds) where you'd have a parent/guardian present anwyay.

go to any other culture (non-western) and you'll see more people outside, kids including. i would think it also kept people more in touch with reality, more sane. living my life here without any interaction from others, you sometimes sort of get stuck in a routine. it's not healthy. i hope the best for this nation but anything i ever look into, it's horrifying for me what's happening here.[/QUOTE]Dont worry omar, america cant stay a 3rd world country forever!


:snicker
 

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[QUOTE="-Shafty-, post: 6365062]Dont worry omar, america cant stay a 3rd world country forever!


:snicker[/QUOTE]it might as well be! i'm already sick of diversity lol. but the money is good.
 

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[QUOTE="-Shafty-, post: 6365061]What was so important in her life that she couldn't have taken her child to the park and played with them??

Probably too busy on facebook[/QUOTE]
Sadly, that could easily be a possibility these days.
 

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it's not that easy, i think it's crazy what she did but it can be sometimes extremely difficult to take your kids out. we would have to know the situation first. firstly, i'd say that we should know the information as far as who else was at the park and what sort of area it is. but yeah, it's still dangerous regardless. not unless you knew the people that were at the park watching over.
 

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[QUOTE="keefy, post: 6364778]They should arrest the paedophiles that prowl the parks and not mothers that allow their kids to have fun in the park.

When I was 7 I was going about the same distances and probably further, I used to spend alot of time riding along the canals and rivers.[/QUOTE]

Why arrest the pedophiles? The responsibility of the child should fall on the parents. I think it's child neglect to let a seven year old walk that far unsupervised. Of course, if the pedophile is caught beyond reasonable doubt to have committed a crime against a child, he/she should be arrested but he/she shouldn't be arrested for simply existing and being in a particular area.
 

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[QUOTE="Morganator, post: 6365150]Why arrest the pedophiles? The responsibility of the child should fall on the parents. I think it's child neglect to let a seven year old walk that far unsupervised. Of course, if the pedophile is caught beyond reasonable doubt to have committed a crime against a child, he/she should be arrested but he/she shouldn't be arrested for simply existing and being in a particular area.[/QUOTE]
Paedophiles are just wrong and they should all be locked up full stop. The fact of them not abusing someone doesnt stop them pandering to the idea of it which is just as bad imo!
 

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ok so they were in the vicinity, which doesn't make sense to begin with. why are they letting pedos around public pools (where usually children go) and schools (where children/kids go).

scratching my head.
 

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The article made it sound as though the cops were doing the child and the mother a favour because there are paedophiles operating in the area so in some weird messed up logic of theirs it makes sense to send a child home and then arrest his mother and charge her with neglect rather than to remove any paedophiles from children's play areas.
 
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yes but at the same time, i would also not send my 7 year old somewhere without some sort of supervision from people that i can trust.

the rate of crime in america is fairly high and even in safe areas, you can't just drop your guard.
 

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Sorry, is pedophilia really that rampant in the US? I might've not been that independent in the US, but when we moved to Sweden (when I was 7) I was able to move pretty freely. Can't imagine my childhood being that strict, but I guess it's a difference of cultures. This doesn't sound like child neglect, but difference in parenting style.
 
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I can't remember how old I was when my folks let me start exploring the neighborhood. I guess 7 is 1st maybe 2nd grade? I grew up in the woods, walking miles away from home, so far it took almost all day to get there and back. All the kids in my neighborhood did. I'm not sure if kidnappings are up since I was a kid, but I really doubt they are; same ol' same ol'. Parents of today are pussies, and their children will be super pussies. Is that what I'm trying to say?
 

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[QUOTE="Naxi, post: 6365163]Sorry, is pedophilia really that rampant in the US? I might've not been that independent in the US, but when we moved to Sweden (when I was 7) I was able to move pretty freely. Can't imagine my childhood being that strict, but I guess it's a difference of cultures. This doesn't sound like child neglect, but difference in parenting style.[/QUOTE]

that is exactly what i'm talking about, i felt a lot more free doing whatever i wanted, over here there's a law to restrict just about anything fun. but then it is there because there are people who do stuff to enforce those laws.

i don't know the pedo numbers here, it's possible pedos are identified more than other cultures, but i also think that people who are mentally ill end up doing something like this (but i don't think they're all completely ill but may have endured some traumatic experience). americans having trauma or neglected childhood i would think is more common than other cultures around the world. people without parents or abusive parents can be due to various things.

i've seen abusive parents from where i originate from as well but alcohol/divorce/multiple step kids/neglect/crime etc. can make more cases like these.

from what i've observed, some children here are brought up very well, likely better than most eastern cultures but the variation is quite screwed up. some of the stories i hear are just insane. mostly due to medication-laden people or just involved in crime/drugs/alcohol etc. stuff you have little control over once you're in it. so if you take all that stuff out, i would think the problems here would be about the same but those things add significantly to the issues.

every time there's a mother or father that drowns/kills their children, it's always because there was something wrong with them. it's never that they were completely normal people. i know there are 20m mentally ill in the U.S. and i think the number is rising, not going lower.

there's a lot more to this that goes into the drug industry but i'll just end it here.
[QUOTE="Rust, post: 6365165]I can't remember how old I was when my folks let me start exploring the neighborhood. I guess 7 is 1st maybe 2nd grade? I grew up in the woods, walking miles away from home, so far it took almost all day to get there and back. All the kids in my neighborhood did. I'm not sure if kidnappings are up since I was a kid, but I really doubt they are; same ol' same ol'. Parents of today are pussies, and their children will be super pussies. Is that what I'm trying to say?[/QUOTE]

i don't think they're pussies, it's just more scary now. less people socialize or step outside their homes, it's more dangerous being by yourself regardless of which country you live in.