Man Arrested for Leaving Son in Car

A man was arrested in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. He had gone into a bar to drink and left his son behind in the car.
According to an arrest report, 59-year-old James L. Osborne was seen walking into The Electric Cowboy, a bar on Dixie Highway, near Oak Park Drive, early Saturday morning, shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Witnesses say he left a young boy inside his vehicle.

When police arrived, they approached the boy and asked him his age. It was determined that the boy was 17.

He was 17? When I was 17, I was in college! It's likely that the son was his designated driver. Link -via Arbroath

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I don't think so, Edward. A minor is a minor. You don't leave a minor sitting alone in the parking lot of a bar at 2:30 in the morning. OK, he's 17 -- almost an adult. But if a 17 year old is almost as responsible as an adult, than a 16 year old is pretty near close to being 17. Where do you draw the line? 15? 14? Some 13 year olds may be more responsible than some 30 year olds, but they are still a child. The law draws the line at 18.
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What is the term for legally cutting ties with your family and becoming financially responsible for yourself? You can do that at 16 where I live. I wish I could remember the term... Either way, when I was a teenager I preferred to stay in the car rather than going grocery shopping or whatever boring chore my parents needed to do. If you can drive a car on your own at 16, you should be allowed to sit in it without adult supervision.
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