Vacationing Mom is Arrested for Leaving Kids While She Ran To the Store for Some Groceries

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At what age can kids be left home alone, if at all? 

One mom thought her kids would be fine, but probably now regrets her choice. While on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, DE, Susan Terrillion, 55, of Maryland left her 8- and 9-year-old kids in their getaway rental when she went to pick up food five miles away. The action resulted in her arrest, USA Today reports. She was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of her children.

Police responded around 7:30 p.m. for a report of two young children left alone at a residence.
A witness told police that he made contact with the children when their dogs ran into Country Club Drive in front of his vehicle, Riddle said. The witness stopped to help the children get control of the dogs and learned they were alone, Riddle said.

Police learned that Terrillion allowed her 9-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl to stay at their vacation rental alone while she went to pick up food. She was gone for at least 45 minutes, Riddle said. Terrillion was arrested, charged and released on $500 unsecured bail. Neither the children nor the dogs were injured, police said.


What is wrong with nosy people?  The kids were fine, healthy, happy and on vacation.  Obviously not neglected or being harmed or beaten.  Their Mom was grabbing some food!  The media wants to berate parents for being "HELICOPTER PARENTS" but hello?  If you are not literally hanging on to your 12 year old's hand, wiping their butt for them and following them around every second of the day, some idiot stranger is going to call the police on you and have you arrested.  

This Mother (who knows her kids better than anyone) believed the 8 and 9 year olds were mature enough to stay on their own for 45 minutes while she grabbed some groceries for their rental house while vacationing.  It's HER parenting call.  It's not the neighbors business or a strangers business nor even the police business if this Mom feels her 9 year old is old enough to be home alone for a bit while she runs down the street to the store.  The kids were FINE and there was no law broken - it's just a personal choice of deciding when to start allowing your kids to be alone for small chunks of time to learn responsibility and decision making.  

This woman needs to be released... and that damn nosy neighbor needs to learn to keep their nose in their own business.