Most parents would do anything for their children. Of course, parenting is not always easy, and individuals can quickly become overwhelmed and forgetful, especially if they have multiple children. However, if that forgetfulness involves leaving a child out in public, it is likely that charges for neglect will come about.
It was recently reported that this type of scenario took place in Florida. Apparently, a 2-year-old girl was found in a park on her own. Police officers were presumably alerted to her presence, and though they searched the park and surrounding area for her parents, they were unable to locate them. Officers then posted a picture of the child on social media in further efforts to find her family.
She was located in the park at approximately 8 p.m., and the next morning at around 11:30 a.m., the child's mother called emergency services to report her missing. The mother had apparently not noticed that she and the father had left the young girl behind after going to the park with the child and their seven other children. As a result, both parents were taken into police custody, and the children were placed with the Department of Children and Families. The parents are currently facing charges of child neglect and were released on $3,000 bails.
The charges for neglect undoubtedly have these Florida parents reeling. What they may have considered a mistake has led to a serious ordeal in which they must now defend against the criminal charges and possibly work to regain custody of their children. The legal process will not be easy, and it would likely benefit them to consider enlisting assistance.