Mother in trouble for letting her nine year old play alone at the park.

This is ridiculous to me! The child is nine, was left with a cell phone and the mother knew where she was. While the mother was at work the girl would play in the busy park which has a playground and splash pad.

I think the mom being arrested is going way too far. What are your thoughts?
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/…

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    07/15/14
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      07/15/14
      I think arresting her is drastic.. but I think they are just concerned. if you think about it, where does the line stop.. if so many parents work and they just "let their kid go to a park".. it could become an issue. Plus we haven't even talked about creeps being around parks and something happening to her. While I know she had good intentions, 9 is still REALLY young to let them be alone out there and solo.
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