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Criminal law: Woman charged after child wanders New York streets

Children often behave in unpredictable ways. In some cases, a child may become lost due to no fault of a caregiver, for example, and is not a matter of criminal law. Unfortunately, police in New York claim that a daycare worker left a young child unattended, resulting in the child allegedly roaming the streets alone.

According to reports, the 35-year-old woman now facing criminal charges runs a daycare out of her home. Social media posts advertising her business indicate that she can pick up and drop off children. She reportedly provided child care for the 5-year-old girl at the center of the case.

Police say that the woman arrived at the child's home one evening. However, they claim that she failed to ensure that the child was with her family before leaving her there. As a result, the child allegedly left the building and reportedly walked to a nearby supermarket to ask for food. The caregiver has since been arrested and faces a misdemeanor charge of acting in a way injurious to a child. The child has since been reunited with her family.

At this time, there are many details about the case that are unclear, including where the young girl's family was at the time she was dropped off. As the woman may rely on providing child care as a source of income, accusations such as these could have serious consequences on her livelihood. Because the average person in New York has little experience with matters of criminal law, most who face criminal charges seek help from an experienced attorney to help them through the process.

Source: pix11.com, "Day care worker charged after girl, 5, found alone in Queens supermarket", Chris Brito and Kirstin Cole, March 8, 2017

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