Mom Arrested After Letting 4-Year-Old Play Unsupervised Near Home
A California mom was arrested last month for letting her 4-year-old son play outside unsupervised.
Sonya Hendren said that her son, Tomahawk, was on a playground about 120 feet from her front door when a neighbor called Child Protective Services.
Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck demonstrated the distance on “Fox and Friends” this morning.
The two were within sight of each other, though Hendren admitted she wasn't watching her son at all times.
Weren't you afraid that your son would wander off? Steve asked.
“No. He’s lived there and played there for a year. He had proven himself ready to have in-and-out privileges,” she said.
"It was shocking,” the mom added, when she walked out of her apartment to find her son standing with Sacramento police.
“We’re being terrorized,” Hendren said, explaining that she believes in "free-range" parenting.
“This is an abusive thing that they’re doing. There is something wrong with this system, when kids are being taken from their yards.”
Her attorney told FOX 40 that Hendren faces a charge of child endangerment and neglect, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
He said she was offered a reduced sentence of 30 days in jail, but rejected it.