Don’t Leave Kids Alone: State Lawmakers Target Parents

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Parents who fear the judgment of neighbors if they left kids alone at home or in a car now have more than a ‘tsk, tsk’ to worry about in Rhode Island.

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would punish parents for leaving a child under 7 years old alone in a car.

They’ve also proposed legislation to ban kids under 10 from being home alone and some preschoolers from going outside for recess in freezing weather.

Some parents say they’ve had enough and are fighting back.

Smithfield mother Rema Tomka says it’s impossible to legislate parenting and common sense.

Tomka and other outraged parents helped stall the “home-alone” legislation, but a bill is moving forward to make it illegal to leave a young child alone in a car.