Leaving a youngster under 10 alone for any amount of time could be considered neglect. The reasonable idea is that a Middle school age child (11-13) should be able to stay alone for an hour to two hours. High schoolers can be left alone for four to six hours and after 16 should be able to stay alone over night. These are just however rule of thumb. If a child has attained an age level without also attaining the maturity necessary to stay alone, then it would be neglectful to leave that child for the amount of time we discussed. Additionally if a child is left to watch other kids, that could also result in a neglect charge.
Hence you need to use your judgment but keep in mind that the need is for the child not for the parent. In other words base your decision on the needs of the child not on the parent's need to be out of the house.
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