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Mom Arrested For Letting 7-Year-Old Walk to Park Alone

Since when is letting your child walk alone a crime? Florida mom Nicole Gainey was arrested this week for letting her 7-year-old son Dominic walk to a nearby park by himself. During his walk, Dominic caught the attention of someone at a pool who then called the police saying the child was unsupervised. When police filed their report, they wrote that, "numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity" of the park, making them worried for the child's safety.

To hear Gainey's side of the story, read the full article at Today.com

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AmandaS24396 AmandaS24396 1 year

I let my friend read this and her comment was well people have the right to live where they want too. We then looked up the area she lived in with the sex offenders list and found that eight men and two women were on the list and lived within three blocks of her. She changed her mind on her first statement and now thinks that all sex offenders shouldn't be allowed to live in a high family community. I have to say I agree with that. If it is known as a "family" area then no sex offender should be allowed to live there as it puts the families in danger, but I wonder how many people know if they have a sex offender in their area.

Monika1367595434 Monika1367595434 1 year

Oh how wonderful your kids are and how terrible your nephew is. Let's hope your sibling and his/her child don't see your post.

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

Well said, Tammy!

AliceMoore AliceMoore 1 year

Hmmm how would we feel as adults or teenagers over the age of 12 walking down the road and a drunk driver, flies off the road and kills us or our spouse, brother, daughter, son, whatever the relation? What if we are walking to the store to purchase groceries and a mugger comes at us with a knife, stabs us and steals our wallet? What if we are getting into a car at a parking lot and a stranger comes up and pulls us into their van. We need to all stay inside where it is SAFE! No one is SAFE anywhere.... we better keep an eye... Soon, kids will need helmets to run in the yard, just in case they trip. Elbow and knee pads might be better. They should ban bicycles, those are dangerous vehicles and kids under 5 should not be riding one until they are 14, what if they swerve onto the road and get hit. FEAR itself, is very dangerous and yes bad things happen to good people, and we remorse and are saddened deeply by these things. At the same token, is it sadder watching your child grow up afraid to walk to the store for groceries? Educate the child how to conduct themselves. Put them in a self defence class at a young age (they should have these in school). Lets Educate not isolate.

Jennifer57836 Jennifer57836 1 year

This is not about the police CARING! When police really care, they give a warning, they hold a community class on safety - they don't ruin someone's life (including the child's, because now he is not safely with his mom). This is not CARING this is CRAZY!

Jennifer57836 Jennifer57836 1 year

Maybe the police should just arrest the sex offenders and not this mom - this is rediculous! There are so many articles out there on how we (as parents) are supposed to let our children be more independant. Kids have been playing outside, walking all around the place by themselves for forever. This is really getting crazy! Give the parent a kind verbal warning - hold a community class on the dangers of sexual predators - BUT don't arrest!!

tammycline tammycline 1 year

even if what you are saying is true, she should not be facing 5 years and a total dismantling of her family. Even CPS is refusing to take the case on. Really? If she, in good faith, was parenting in such a way that was deemed neglectful, an intervention with parenting classes, a short term in home parenting aide, a weekly check in meeting, whatever would go farther to educate her and to change what you are deeming neglectful behavior than would 5 years of prison. All five years of prison is going to do is destroy her, destroy her child's sense of safety and security, and destroy their family. This country lacks common sense at it's very core.

tammycline tammycline 1 year

Even if your fear based view is correct, to arrest a mother for this is overkill. An intervention, a parenting class, a stern warning even could have "raised her consciousness" without threatening to put her in jail for 5 years. So because of her parenting in good faith, her son might lose his mother for five years? What's more traumatic than that? The whole thing is a total overreach of power in my estimation.

maryprendergastcrossan maryprendergastcrossan 1 year

doesnt it seem like, at least when it comes to sex offenders, everyone else's rights are trampled to benefit them?

Samantha8485 Samantha8485 1 year

An earlier post in this thread had me clicking and thinking...

From http://www.parentsformeganslaw...

"93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker, 34.2% of attackers were family members and 58.7% were acquaintances and only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim."

So how do you protect them when this is the case? I would argue that while "stranger danger" is a factor, and you should coach your kids at least the basic principles that "NO ADULT EVER NEEDS A CHILD'S HELP" (vis a vis how predators will often ask kids for help "finding their dog/kid/keys/etc" in order to get them to follow said predator to a less public place); and to never approach a car or van where an individual inside the vehicle has beckoned with a question or offer or request for "help," it is WAY MORE (statistically) CRUCIAL to teach your children EARLY AND OFTEN to trust their instincts about people. Kids, more often than not, know when something is "off" about an adult. It could be an uncle, a coach, a family friend, or--as HORRIFYING as it is--a parent/step-parent, that they just instinctively veer from or resist being around. KEY INTO THAT instead of cajoling the child out of their instincts. Parents, especially mothers, often get a "sense" about someone that they too often dismiss as "silly." That's very unfortunate, if not tragic.

Samantha8485 Samantha8485 1 year

From your link: "93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker, 34.2% of attackers were family members and 58.7% were acquaintances and only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim." So how do you protect them when this is the case? I would argue that while "stranger danger" is a factor, and you should coach your kids at least the basic principles that "NO ADULT EVER NEEDS A CHILD'S HELP" (vis a vis how predators will often ask kids for help "finding their dog/kid/keys/etc" in order to get them to follow said predator to a less public place); and to never approach a car or van where an individual inside the vehicle has beckoned with a question or offer or request for "help," it is WAY MORE (statistically) CRUCIAL to teach your children EARLY AND OFTEN to trust their instincts about people. Kids, more often than not, know when something is "off" about an adult. It could be an uncle, a coach, a family friend, or--as HORRIFYING as it is--a parent/step-parent, that they just instinctively veer from or resist being around. KEY INTO THAT instead of cajoling the child out of their instincts. Parents, especially mothers, often get a "sense" about someone that they too often dismiss as "silly." That's very unfortunate, if not tragic.

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

I thought that because of the child protection laws, sex offenders couldn't live within a certain radius of the schools and playgrounds? Also, if sex offenders live all over, then I guess we need to live in a state of continual paranoia; how sad!

I know that I'm going to sound inhumane but I truly believe in public humiliation of sex offenders by using a good old fashioned whipping.

TinaBittner1398058150 TinaBittner1398058150 1 year

I wanna know how this mom gets arrested because, the cop said, there are child molesters living in the neighborhood near the park! Why in the hell are there scumbags like that living near a park, why are they living in society with us and our children??? That is what prisons are for, to keep the scum off of the streets so we have a safe society for our families to live in!! She needs to be filing suit on that and putting an end to it for everyone!

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

you're right... I was also thinking that I shouldn't drive with my kids in the car because we might get in a car accident and I shouldn't put them in school because of potential shooters. Tomorrow I'm shopping for the bubble wrap.

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

but that's different... after all, Obama is okay with it.

DonnaWilliams1403271402 DonnaWilliams1403271402 1 year

I was 3 when I'd take myself alone to the park at the end of our dead end street. I did this until I was almost 8 years old. I was never molested in that park, only by my own mother in our own home. Most abusers are known to the family. Most are members of the family

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

This is pathetic! I don't condemn this mom for allowing her son to walk to the park yet I am too afraid to allow my kids to do the same. Like the other people on this forum commented, we allow the criminals freedoms which we've taken away from our kids. I grew up in the 70's and 80's and I remember riding my bike around a 1 mile radius of my house to friends' houses, the park, the woods, etc. We never telephoned our friends during the summer, we made plans the day before and met up or we just rang each other's doorbells. I feel sorry for this generation of kids, they lack independence and freedom to be normal kids.

I really wish our culture could go back to the way it was during the 50's, 60's, 70's, and most of the 80's; no cell phones, no stupid computer games, no play dates, unscheduled and very little supervised play for kids older than 8, no internet. I really wish many of today's kids could enjoy the feeling of freedom without helicopter parents hovering around them all of the time and our society worrying about the freaks who take advantage of innocence.

emely43030 emely43030 1 year

For those parents that let their young children walk alone or even with another young sibling…how would you feel if your child was kidnapped by a child predator or even someone that just enjoys kidnapping, raping and killing children. Not every person or every time you will be lucky!!! So every time you send them out unsupervised by an adult, your risking your child's safety!!! Can't stand when I see cases on the news of children that are left unattended and then get kidnapped, raped or murdered…then the parents want to cry and feel some type of way after its too late!!! Watch your kids!!!

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 1 year

My thoughts exactly. Glad I'm not the only one who was wondering about this.

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