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Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
Washington Times ^ | 7-29-2014 | Jessica Chasmar

Posted on 07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

"I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I was letting him go play,” she told the station.

As Dominic was passing by a public pool, lifeguards 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.

Police found the boy in the park playground playing with other children. He had a cellphone around his neck that was given to him by his mother, a police affidavit said.

Police took the boy home and the mother was arrested and charged with child neglect.

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1 posted on 07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

My parents would have been arrested, too.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 6:15:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Citizen Zed

Don’t let your 7 year old go to the park by his/herself. If you think that’s okay, wake up! However, these cops should be fired for arresting her. Probably tarred and feathered.


3 posted on 07/30/2014 6:15:54 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Boy oh boy would my mom be in deep doo-doo.
She didn’t even strap a cell phone to me. Don’t know if she even would have were they around then.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 6:17:28 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Citizen Zed

At the age of 7, a half mile is a bit far to let a child wander.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 6:17:41 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: dfwgator
Mine, too. I went on the bus alone at that age to go to an elite dancing school in the high class area of Town.....maybe 5 miles from home.

My bro and I were always going someplace...he was 4 years older.

6 posted on 07/30/2014 6:17:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Citizen Zed

Everything is forbidden. Regardless of how this turns out, she will now have an arrest record and there will be certain things she cannot do without the king’s permission.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 6:19:13 AM PDT by sport
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To: Citizen Zed
This guy's mom would never let him even leave the house!
8 posted on 07/30/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Sacajaweau

I went all over town by myself at the age of 6 and 7. I was fully independent. The parks in town were always full of kids and nobody had their mommies there. I grew up in los angeles in the 70s, so it wasn’t podunk rural.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: Citizen Zed

My great grandad brought up in NYC lived in the borough of Queens would take the subway to Manhattan just to walk around and look at stuff. He was eight at the time. No problems, no worries.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 6:22:01 AM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Citizen Zed

“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,” Miss Gainey told the station.”

She should sue the city for knowing that the park isn’t safe and NOT doing anything about it.


11 posted on 07/30/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

I wondered all over the place when I was 7. This is a different country though. Reagan was president back then.


12 posted on 07/30/2014 6:22:38 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: raybbr

Ugh! They release the vermin all over our cities so that we’re easier to control.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 6:24:29 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Heck I was traveling miles from home by the time I was 10. Of course things were different then. We weren’t worried about terrorists, serial killers, or pedophiles like we are now.


14 posted on 07/30/2014 6:24:43 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Because we didn’t have 24/7 News Channels pointing out every bad thing that happens out there.


15 posted on 07/30/2014 6:25:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Citizen Zed

I can’t find it now, but there is a map that shows how far children are allowed to roam from home. In the 50s, it was something like 7 miles, which gradually got reduced down to less than a mile over time. Its a sad statement about both society and parents’ willingness to let their kids explore their community on their own.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 6:25:46 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Citizen Zed

The cops should be arrested for “neighborhood neglect” for wasting their time and our money on something as stupid as this.
I propose that if the cops or the city are responding to a “complaint” that the person who complained must be named in any charges/orders/etc. that are issued. That would stop the busybodies and free up our cops for real work.


17 posted on 07/30/2014 6:26:25 AM PDT by mistfree (It's a very uncreative man who can't think of more than one way to spell a word.)
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To: Citizen Zed

before I was 8, we lived on a street where I would go out to play with my friends. the street was about a mile long and our house was in he middle. I had friends on both ends and would go to their homes without escort and we’d play outside until it got dark

when I was 8, we moved and the in the new town, it was similar except the area was less populated. by the time I was in 4th or 5th grade, I would ride my bike 2 miles to school.

this being said... there is a difference today compared to back then. back then, people weren’t hyper sexualized and if they found a pervert, he got his ass kicked. today, they let them out and allow them to continue. why? because then the people will gladly cough up more tax money for more cops and bigger govt


18 posted on 07/30/2014 6:26:34 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Citizen Zed

She got charged with a felony. There’s no law specifying an age limit for going to the park alone, btw, so this was just “at the discretion of “ the police. Ridiculous!


19 posted on 07/30/2014 6:28:06 AM PDT by livius
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To: Citizen Zed

My parents would have been arrested for general creepiness if they followed me around as a 7 year old.

I was quite done with parental supervision at 5.

We played in the woods. Alone. All day. We had to come home by dark, which in June was 10:00 P.M. or so. Anything before then was considered weird.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: jsanders2001

It wasn’t just what we were worried about, it was what we would allow.

I grew up in the 50s. My dad had been a Master Sgt in WWII. When someone would come down our street driving too fast, he occasionally ran out into the street and jumped in front of their car stopping them. Then he would tell them that they could not drive like that there — he would not allow it.

It is all in what will be allowed by the citizenry acting on their own.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 6:29:25 AM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: Citizen Zed

If I wasn’t at school or in bed I was on my bicycle, sometimes 5-7 miles from home, in Southern California, and we had a maximum security prison on the outskirts of town.


22 posted on 07/30/2014 6:30:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
My mom never let me surf the 'net.

She did however prohibit me from participating the neighborhood BB gun "wars".

23 posted on 07/30/2014 6:33:17 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
I know it's off topic, but every time I see that picture, I think of the faggots over at Dims Underground, (DU).

He just seems, in my minds eye, to be representative of every one of them posting there.

24 posted on 07/30/2014 6:34:04 AM PDT by OldSmaj (obama is a worthless mohametan. Impeach his ass now!)
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To: KC Burke

Early 60s, I was 9 and would take 2 of my friends and ride into DC with my father, he would go to his office and we would roam the mall/museums/monuments all day, then ride a Greyhound bus back to a bus stop 2 miles from home, then walk home. I imagine an awful lot of parents in the 50s/60s/70s would have police records if the same stupidity reigned supreme back then.


25 posted on 07/30/2014 6:34:46 AM PDT by ratzoe (damn, I miss Barbara Olson)
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To: Citizen Zed

Felony charge, so much better to take the child away and put him in some state funded foster home (big government, control thinking).


26 posted on 07/30/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: CaptainK
At the age of 7, a half mile is a bit far to let a child wnader

It depends on the neighborhood and the child. It's not uncommon for children to walk or ride bikes to playgrounds. Many have to walk further than that to school. Besides that, it's summer and it's likely there are a lot of watchful eyes and ears when the children are out playing.

Do you really think it's good that children can't go out and play without their parents being arrested?

27 posted on 07/30/2014 6:35:55 AM PDT by grania
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To: Citizen Zed

But it’s OK to let your child cross the border into the US alone.


28 posted on 07/30/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: raybbr

“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,” Miss Gainey told the station.”

The same could be said about some public schools.


29 posted on 07/30/2014 6:36:33 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Citizen Zed

The world has changed.

The author Beverly Cleary, who was also a children’s librarian, wrote the Beezus and Ramona series of books in the 1950s, set in Portland, Ore.

Nine year old Beezus goes to an art program at the library in the company of four year old Ramona, and leaves her little sister outside in the playground while she paints, and this is NORMAL, HEALTHY, RESPONSIBLE behavior for that time and place, for big sister and parents.

I walked half a mile to kindergarten at five by myself in the late 1960s, but I was often very frightened. One generation later, all the children under twelve perhaps, were getting rides or parent escorts.


30 posted on 07/30/2014 6:36:40 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: dfwgator

My mother had to convince my grandmother, her mother, that it was OK for us to be out after dark and the Gypsies weren’t going to take us.


31 posted on 07/30/2014 6:38:38 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: jsanders2001

You left,out the newest threat to kids, criminal illegal aliens.


32 posted on 07/30/2014 6:39:23 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: demshateGod

We grew up in the ‘50s and 60s and we were allowed to go just about anywhere in town but never alone, we always had to have a sibling or a friend.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 6:43:09 AM PDT by tiki
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To: sten

The sixties and early seventies were the age of therapeutic imprisonment. A lot of perverts pretended to be cured, got out and went somewhere else.

There was a serial killer who appeared on The Dating Game. In 1968 he was caught IN THE ACT raping and beating an eight year old so badly she almost died. He served 17 months, this after skipping bail and working in a summer camp. A little while later he assaulted a 13 year old. Two years served that time.

A man once exposed himself to the girl who lived across the street from me. All the men in the neighborhood went looking through the woods for him, but I don’t think they would have beaten him up, just held him for the police. My own father said it was all overblown, that the man was probably just trying to relieve himself, and didn’t realize a young girl was nearby. And he didn’t tell me to stay in sight of our house. Ah, the sixties-early seventies, a loathsome time.


34 posted on 07/30/2014 6:45:18 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Citizen Zed

I don’t think I was allowed to go far at age 7, but that was because I was the baby girl of the family. My brother and I would walk two miles down McGregor Blvd. in Ft. Myers, FL when I was that age. He was 9. I thought that was the greatest thing. I loved the sidewalks, the palm trees, the smell of South Florida! And I loved that we could walk by homes of great men in US history. I did not fully grasp their importance at the time, but I had been told about them.

My brothers disappeared all the time when they were young. We had no cell phones. But everybody knew my parents, so things were different. When one of my brothers was three years old, he ran away from home. We had a maid. She made him mad. So he decided to walk to my daddy’s store. The police picked him up just a few blocks from the store. It was three miles from our house. He made it a long way. Lol. No one was arrested. I think the maid was fired. My brother (the same one) had a runaway three year old son. I think he made it a few miles before being apprehended as well. They were in a small town, so it was no big deal.

It is sad. We have parks near us, but I won’t allow any of our younger children to go without an older sibling.


35 posted on 07/30/2014 6:45:54 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Citizen Zed

Wow! All of the places we played at, unaccompanied, in the 50s. We lived in a medium size city and walked along the creek that ran through our neighborhood, made our way several miles to the Guard armory to watch them load military equipment, made our way up to the old “hanging hill” to crawl through the stacked iron sewer pipes. My mother would have been in jail for life.


36 posted on 07/30/2014 6:48:10 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Citizen Zed

Pfft.
I had a park to play in.
It was the multiple acres of woodland behind the house.

Flipside, these days you don’t know if some creeper is in that park hunting your kids.


37 posted on 07/30/2014 6:48:38 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Citizen Zed

By the time I was 5 the only instructions were “be home by supper time.” I did have to tell my parents where I was going and with whom (if I was not alone).


38 posted on 07/30/2014 6:50:04 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Uncle Miltie

And no wonder why kids today are so fat. Parents are too scared to let them out of the house to play.


39 posted on 07/30/2014 6:54:00 AM PDT by r0tten
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To: Citizen Zed

Kids walk up to a mile to school every day, but can’t walk half that far to a park?


40 posted on 07/30/2014 6:54:38 AM PDT by birdsman (NAAWP)
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To: Citizen Zed

I had a bike.

The world was my oyster.


41 posted on 07/30/2014 6:54:39 AM PDT by moovova
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To: dfwgator

Because we didn’t have 24/7 News Channels pointing out every bad thing that happens out there.
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Bingo.


42 posted on 07/30/2014 6:55:36 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: Afterguard

> You left,out the newest threat to kids, criminal illegal aliens.

Speaking of that I was handed some info on how much Obama has allocated to his cronies and federal contractors to fund this invasion. It is unbelievable! Billions upon billions. They really began ramping up the spending in 2013 to prepare for the invasion. It’s very evident. Lots of the illegals are carrying the same cheat sheets and there are many reports of flyers that were sent out before all this happened that basically told the illegals they would be granted “free” amnesty if they came to the U.S.A. I’ve also been hearing about people that were from the U.S. that we’re sent down there to spread this message.

Folks we have been betrayed by a tyrant running Cloward - Piven strategies that has made us the butt of his joke and conducted a social experiment to bankrupt a nation that he was taught while in college paid for by a Marxist.


43 posted on 07/30/2014 6:56:01 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Afterguard

> You left,out the newest threat to kids, criminal illegal aliens.

Speaking of that I was handed some info on how much Obama has allocated to his cronies and federal contractors to fund this invasion. It is unbelievable! Billions upon billions. They really began ramping up the spending in 2013 to prepare for the invasion. It’s very evident. Lots of the illegals are carrying the same cheat sheets and there are many reports of flyers that were sent out before all this happened that basically told the illegals they would be granted “free” amnesty if they came to the U.S.A. I’ve also been hearing about people that were from the U.S. that we’re sent down there to spread this message.

Folks we have been betrayed by a tyrant running Cloward - Piven strategies that has made us the butt of his joke and conducted a social experiment to bankrupt a nation that he was taught while in college paid for by a Marxist.


44 posted on 07/30/2014 6:56:26 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: CaptainK
As others pointed out, that's an "it depends" conclusion. Half a mile is within eyesight, barring obstructions. At that age, I was ranging probaby five miles from home on bicycle, and easily a mile and a half on foot. Small town (20,000), we weren't rural living but suburban.

I knew the way home, and generally got home by the time the meal was served.

The walk to school was over a mile each way.

45 posted on 07/30/2014 6:59:17 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Darksheare
Flipside, these days you don’t know if some creeper is in that park hunting your kids.

The creepers were there back then in about the same quantity as now. Only now have we been trained by the social-hypochondriac state and media to suppose that they're everywhere, and Action Must Be Taken. A people in constant fear are a people easily controlled.

46 posted on 07/30/2014 7:01:44 AM PDT by untenured
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To: jsanders2001

We’ve been sold out on a number of levels. If they didn’t do what they do America would never have had an Obama in the first place. Yes, I am referring to the press, the teachers unions, as well as, the majority of the other unions. Just for good measure you can throw in the Republican Party establishment, churches, and Hollywood. I’m sure we could come up with others as well.


47 posted on 07/30/2014 7:04:33 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Citizen Zed

If that’s a punishable offense, then my folks would have been locked up for life. Good grief, what’s wrong with this world?


48 posted on 07/30/2014 7:05:51 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: CaptainK

From the age of five onward, I always walked to school, which was a quarter mile away. I thank God that I spent my youthful years before the trial lawyers and the busybodies from pressure groups and government ruined childhood.


49 posted on 07/30/2014 7:07:38 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

And there you have it. Liberals want a nation of passive pajama boys.


50 posted on 07/30/2014 7:09:59 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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