Shaina Bell was arrested at work when police discovered she had left three children, ages 9, 7 and 3, in the motel where she lived. She was charged with endangering the children. She spent the night in prison.
She had to go to work
– I had to go to work. The daughter decided she wanted to stay (in the motel). My daughter told me that she wanted to be there, and I felt she was old enough to stay with her sister for a few hours because my job is right next door, Bell explained to local WKBN TV.
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The police were called by the children’s father.
A mom in Ohio was arrested for leaving her 2 kids at a motel as she worked to support them. Shaina Bell said she arranged for hourly checks on them. She faces up to 6 months in jail for alleged child endangerment.
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The woman admitted that she was very ashamed of what had happened. As she added, she is not angry with anyone.
“I never blamed anyone for anything because in the end, no one but me left my kids at the motel.” I have cried a few times since this situation began. I just try to keep balance and strength, because that’s all I can do – she argued.
Criticism and help
According to WKBN, the news that a woman had left her children unattended triggered criticism among part of the society. At the same time, compassionate people on social media came to her aid.
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The woman expressed gratitude for the interest and help in her case.
– Many people say painful things, but many people stay with me and show me great support. I now have over 100,000 dollars in your GoFundMe account. I didn’t ask for it, but the people themselves gave it to me. I am just very grateful for what is happening – said the woman.
He will allocate money to the house and children
He intends to use the money received to buy a house for the children and provide them with everything they need.
– My children make me happy. They make me happy. It is my world. I would never do anything that would hurt them. My children are everything to me. All I do is go to work and look after my children, Bell said.
In America, only a handful of states have a minimum age for leaving children alone, including Maryland (8) and Illinois (14). However, there are guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other agencies that specialize in child protection.
Regulations in the USA
Children aged 7 and younger cannot be left unattended at home, in cars, playgrounds, courtyards, etc. Children aged 8 to 10 should not be left alone for more than one and a half hours, but only during the day and in the early evening .
11- and 12-year-olds may be left unattended for a maximum of three hours, but not late at night or in circumstances requiring special supervision. Children 13 to 15 years of age may be left alone, but not overnight. 16-17 year olds may be without adults for a maximum (in some cases) of two consecutive nights.
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