As of September 2014, Illinois law states anyone under the age of 14 "without supervision for an unreasonable time" is considered a neglected or abused minor. Someone found guilty of this kind of neglect is charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.Continue Reading
More serious offenses of child abandonment are when children under the age of 14 are left alone for 24 hours or more without consideration for the child's physical and mental health. Parents found guilty of this charge serve one to three years in prison, according to Illinois Legal Aid.
Illinois law lists several criteria to determine the severity of the child neglect when the minor is left alone, including the person's age, access to food, whether or not emergency contact numbers were left with the child, weather conditions, time of day and location of the parent/guardian at the time the child was unsupervised.
FindLaw states Illinois is one of two states that specifically proscribe when children can be left alone, as of September 2014. In Maryland, children under the age of 8 cannot be left alone in a house. FindLaw also explains the Department of Health and Human Services has guidelines for children left at home alone, including maturity level, independence and a child's ability to follow directions.Learn more about Is This Illegal?
New Jersey law does not give a specific minimum age at which children may be left home alone. However, New Jersey statute 9:6-8.21 is applicable to abuse and neglect if a child under 18 has been endangered when left home alone.Full Answer >
Pennsylvania law does not specify an age at which children may be left home alone. This important question has gained national attention recently as parents try to decide when their children are old enough to be left to care for themselves or others.Full Answer >
It is legal to conceal carry in the state of Illinois provided that the person has a valid concealed carry license issued by the state, according to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. This act was signed into law in July 2013.Full Answer >
In the United States, no federal law exists setting an age at which children can stay home along unsupervised, although some states have certain restrictions on age for children to stay home alone as well as duration of unsupervised period. Generally, individual families have quite a bit of flexibility in determining when children are physically and emotionally mature enough to remain home without parental supervision. Although most states do not have specific ages for leaving kids alone, some states, such as Maryland, require children who are age 8 or younger to have adult supervision, such as a babysitter or nanny, when parents must leave the home.Full Answer >