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Nicole Gainey Arrested: Mom Charged for Letting Son Walk to Park Alone

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 04:56 PM

Nicole Gainey, a Florida mom, was arrested and faces a felony charge of child neglect after allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to a nearby park alone.

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

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The park is about a half mile from Gainey’s Port St. Lucie, Florida, home.

Someone at a public pool along the way started asking the boy, Dominic Guerrisi, questions, the station reported. He got scared and ran to the park, where an officer found him playing and asked where his mom lived. Police took the boy home and arrested his mother, who paid bond of almost $4,000.

"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," Gainey told WPTV.

Dominic was playing with other children and had a cell phone around his neck when police found him, according to The Washington Times.

Gainey plans to fight the charge against her but said she won’t let her son walk to the park alone again.

Reactions to the story varied.

"The kid’s 7, not 17! What if he was hit by a car walking to the park? What if he was bit by a snake at the park? Child endangerment is against the law," a commenter wrote on a Fox6Now.com story.

Another said: "I think if there’s no law, they have no right to arrest her... it’s not as if she didn’t know her kid went to the park, nor did she not have a way to contact him... all kids have different maturity levels... maybe talking to her about the pedophiles in the area and advising her to not do that would have been appropriate – but an arrest with a felony charge seems way over the top.”

Twitter users also offered mixed reactions.







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