MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Authorities say a New Jersey woman left her 12-year-old daughter home alone for six days so she could fly to Idaho to get married.
Sarah Haines is charged with second-degree child endangerment.
The 31-year-old Mount Olive resident's attorney says Haines thought a friend would take care of the girl. Thomas Fischer says there was a misunderstanding of what the friend's role was.
Authorities say Haines texted the friend on June 3 asking her to periodically check on the girl. The friend checked on June 5, 7 and 8.
Officials say the girl told them Haines left her $10 and "plenty of food and drinks."
State child welfare officials had police check on the girl when they learned of the situation on June 9
OK I don't think I could EVER leave a 12 year old home alone for 6 days. The mom says she "thought" a friend would take care of the girl. Would you NOT have worked out those details ahead??
Ugh! Terrible! What would've happened if the child caught the home on fire, slipped in the tub, or any other number of tragedies had occurred?? What if the kid invited boys over and got pregnant? So many terrible things can happen to a young child left unattended. I'm glad she's okay. It seems obvious from this situation that the 'mother' is not responsible enough to make sound decisions regarding her child and needs an intervention.
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