Mom Could Get 30 Days in Jail for Letting 4-Year-Old Play Outside

Lenore Skenazy:

Sacramento, California, mom who let her 4-year-old son play outside at a playground 120 feet from her home was arrested. Her neighbors called 911 when they saw the kid outside. While many people might think four is too young for a boy to be outside on his own, the bigger question is: Is this a criminal offense? And doesn’t the boy’s mother have the right to make that choice?

The boy (whose name is Tomahawk) was in a gated apartment complex and on a playground. He’s an outdoorsy kid who loves exploring and sounds like he can take care of himself fairly well.