Sun Jun 20, 5:18 pm ET
BISMARCK, N.D. – A woman was accused of leaving her 6-year-old son home alone at night while she drove to a city an hour to the east. Authorities said the 39-year-old mother drove to Medina late Wednesday, and the boy called 911 when he woke up early Thursday and became scared when he could not find his mother.
Authorities said the mother told deputies she couldn't sleep so she went for a drive.
The woman was charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison upon conviction. Her bond was set at $1,500 cash.
The woman was wrong to go without leaving her kid at least a note. It begs the question, how old is old enough to stay at home alone? I remember from first grade onwards being home alone from 4:00 until my mom came home ~5:30 after school.
EDIT: I was also home alone in the morning to catch the bus from ~7:30 when my mom left until the bus came shortly after 8am.