Nicole Gainey, a Florida mother, is facing child neglect charges because she let her seven-year-old son, Dominic, go to the park alone.
According to WPTV, Nicole Gainey said she gave her son permission to walk from their house to Sportsman Park. However, the boy passed a public pool where he was asked where his mother was. The boy said he got scared and ran away to the park about a half mile away from his house. Police showed up and took the child back to his house.
According to WPTV, Gainey was arrested after police arrived at the home. Police stated in a report that the child was alone in the park where numerous sex offenders live in the area. However, Gainey said her son is mature enough to walk to the park by himself and he always has a cell phone.
Gainey told WPTV, she plans to fight the charge. She also said she didn’t know she was doing anything wrong by letting her child go play. She says she won’t let him go to the park again alone out of fear she’ll be arrested again.