Woman Leaves 12-year Old Home Alone For 6 days

A New Jersey woman has been charged with child endangerment after she left her 12-year old daughter home alone for 6 days.

It is alleged that Sarah Haines left her daughter a note and $10 and then took off to Washington State and then to Idaho to marry her boyfriend. The little girl was instructed that someone would periodically come to check on her.  The girl took care of herself and the 3 family dogs over the course of the 6 days. The girl was, however, fearful of showering because she believed the front door was capable of unlocking itself.

On June 14th the Mother's bail was reduced from $100,000 to $10,000 largely because of no prior record.
“This is a defendant who recklessly abandoned her child and abdicated her parental responsibility,” said Rodriguez, noting there also were “prior incidents where this defendant left the child home with other people (to care for the girl) and left the area for long periods of time."

However, Rodriguez said Haines has no prior criminal record, and there was no prior involvement by the state Division of Youth and Family Services with Haines.

Do you think the courts should have been so lenient at the bail hearing?


Photo: John O'Boyle/ The Star-Ledger

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Wow this reminds me of my childhood all over again. Except my parents usually left me home alone 8 hours a day, opposed to 6 days. That's so horrible. I have a sad feeling this kind of thing happens more often than people think.
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