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Is it legal to leave a 15 year old home alone for 1 week with no adults?

Brooklyn, NY |

I am asking if it's legal and nothing more.

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  1. Assuming there is no reason to suspect the 15 year old is unable to care for himself than it's ok.

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  2. I think it is illegal. The parent or guardian could expose themselves to a criminal charge of endangering the welfare of a child and I suppose a civil action for neglect.

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  3. I don't think there is a black and white answer to that question. It would depend upon the maturity of the individual 15 year old and the circumstances in which they were left home alone.