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Legal Topics: Children Left Alone

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Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes §609.378 Neglect or Endangerment of Child
  • Resources:

  • At what age can a child legally be left alone to care for themselves? FAQ from the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Child Supervision, from the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
  • Children Home Alone, from the Children Youth and Family Consortium of the University of Minnesota.
  • Related Topics: Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS)

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    Minnesota State Law Library: Legal Topics: Children Left Alone

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