Monique - posted on 10/28/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )
A single mom who rents out the bottom level of a home my husband and I live in has left her child home alone for lengthy periods of time since age 7. The child is now 10. On weekdays, the mom leaves for work in the morning before her child walks to the bus stop, and most times does not come home until 7:00 p.m. (her daughter is home by 3:30) because she is out socializing. On weekends, she leaves her child unattended/unsupervised/alone for several hours, such as 3:00 p.m. to midnight. This can't possibly be okay and the one who is suffering is the child; however, the mom is a family law attorney and argues that it is absolutely legal. Any advice?