Target: Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi
Goal: Drop charges against mother who let son walk to park alone
34-year-old mother Nicole Gainey is facing criminal charges after allowing her 7-year-old son Dominic to walk alone to the park. On the way to the park, an adult asked where his parents were. Dominic ran off before answering the questions and the adult called the police. Mrs. Gainey was arrested on a felony child neglect charge. The charge should immediately be dropped and an investigation into the laws should be opened.
Florida’s child neglect law has no age requirement written into the law, meaning that it is not clear at what age children may go places by themselves. This makes the charge against Mrs. Gainey even more unsustainable. Arrests like this cause parents and children alike, more nervous to leave the house alone, which inhibits growth. More must be done to ensure that children of a certain age are allowed to go to the park on their own, particularly when their parents are at work.
The Florida Attorney General’s office has yet to schedule a date for a hearing of Nicole Gainey’s case. Hopefully, the government will come to its senses before spending taxpayer money on such a waste of time. The Gainey family must be allowed to move on and put this unfortunate situation in the past. Sign this petition to urge Florida’s Attorney General to drop all charges against Nicole Gainey.
Dear Attorney General Pam Bondi,
The recent charges filed against Mrs. Nicole Gainey should be immediately dropped. It should not be possible for a parent to go to jail for allowing their child to walk somewhere on their own. In Florida in particular, there is no age in the law books that state how young a child has to be for it to be illegal to allow them free range.
I ask that you recognize these facts before wasting taxpayer money on such a farce of a trial. Continuing onwards would cast a negative light upon the justice system in Florida. I ask that you do the right thing in this case and allow this parent to parent their child.
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