Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FL - Port St. Lucie mom arrested after allowing her 7-year-old son to go to a nearby park alone

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Parents, remember this the next time you let your child out of the house alone.

You could be treated like a criminal for it!

This is what we get when we continue to let the idiots in congress trample on others rights! We get a police state where Big Brother is the kids parents, not you!


By Elizabeth Harrington

PORT ST. LUCIE - UPDATE: DCF says that the investigation is "very much open" and they are not planning on dropping the case as of right now.

A mother faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a local park alone. She says he's old enough but Port St. Lucie Police disagree. Now she's fighting back.

"I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation," said the mother, Nicole Gainey.

It began last Saturday afternoon when Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to Sportsman's Park .

"Honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong," says Gainey, "I was letting him go play."

It's a half mile from their Port St. Lucie home. Dominic says it only takes him about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. During the walk, the 7-year-old passed a public pool. Someone there asked him where his mom was.

"They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops," says Dominic Guerrisi.

Dominic was playing at the park when an officer pulled up.

"They said 'where does your mom live,' " says Dominic.

Police took him home. That's when his mom was arrested and charged with child neglect. Gainey says she was shocked.

"My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day," says Gainey who paid nearly $4,000 to bond out.

The officer wrote in the report that Dominic was unsupervised at the park and that "numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity."

"He just basically kept going over that there's pedophiles and this and that and basically the park wasn't safe and he shouldn't be there alone," says Gainey.

She believes Dominic is mature enough to go to the park alone during the day. Gainey adds her son always has a cell phone which she calls to check on him.

"That I'm here and safe," says Dominic.

Gainey plans to fight the felony charge. But after this she won't let Dominic go to the park alone. She's afraid she'll be arrested again.

The St. Lucie County State's Attorney's office says there is no law that specifies how old a child has to be before he or she can go somewhere unsupervised. It's done on a case-by-case basis.

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Edwin said...

Being kidnapped by a "pedophile" isn't even the greater risk. The child would more likely get hit by a car or fall from a tree than get kidnapped by a "pedophile." Even stray dog attacks are more common. But nothing is without its risk. Letting your kids walk alone is a good way to build self-reliance so they don't grow up too sheltered and can't take care of themselves.

But Florida just keeps getting dumber and dumber doesn't it? I swear like 90% of the time a story comes out like this it is in Florida.

The parents living next to me let their kids out all the time. One little girl even comes inside my house without asking and I have to lock the doors to keep her out and I don't even know the parents that well.

dc said...

Would have to say the police officer was right. There more than likely are

"numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity." and from what i have seen lately coming out of Florida he would HAVE to be referring to the police.

Kathy said...

A recent column by Mitch Album of the Detroit Free Press

mike said...

Parent should have the freedom to determine if their child is old enough to go to the park alone. Sex offender have to live somewhere just like other felons. However, there are laws that require sex offender from living to close to schools and parks. So, if there are sex offender at the park where this child was going, then those in charge of keeping us safe, are doing a poor job and should not blame that mom! Other felons such as murders, kidnappers, thieves, drug dealers, etc. have no such restrictions on where they can live or go, so a child is safe in the park from sex offender, but not all the other criminal elements. The facts are 90% of all children who are molested, are molested by people they know, like family, friends, and neighbors. Less than 10% are molested by a stranger. Not all sex offenders are "pedophiles", we are create fear and danger where there is none.