CHILDREN HOME ALONE
The Law Library Staff prepares "Frequently Asked Questions" for the convenience of our users to provide access to a variety of sources addressing particular points of law. These are general legal information sources, and are not to be construed as a substitute for personal legal advice from an attorney. Please seek legal counsel to help you determine the applicability of any of the information in these resources to your specific situation. The Law Library makes no recommendation as to whether you should purchase any services offered by the websites contained in this FAQ.
Ohio statutes do not specify an age at which neglect begins when a child is left alone at home. See, however, the following Ohio Revised Code chapters: ORC 2919.22 Endangering children and ORC Chapter 2151, especially ORC 2151.03, which defines child neglect.
You may want to look at the case annotations under these statutes for examples of when courts found it inappropriate for a child to be left alone. Remember that the court decisions are specific to the facts of that case, and courts may rule differently in different situations. Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated or Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code Annotated are available in print at some local public libraries.ARTICLES:
Ohio State University - Human Development and Family Science: "Home Alone: Is My Child Old Enough?" by Kirk Bloir, M.S.
December 29, 2003 -