Single Mom of Five Facing Serious Jail Time for Allowing 14-Year-Old Daughter to Babysit Her 4-Ywear-old Brother

In Georgia, a single mom with five kids may face some serious jail time for an innocent action millions of parents have done since the beginning of humankind. Melissa Henderson had a dilemma. She needed to return to work, but her youngest son, Thaddeus was not able to attend his daycare since the center was closed due to the pandemic. After exhausting every other avenue she had available to her, the mom finally asked her oldest daughter, age 14 going on 15, to look after her 4-year-old brother while she worked.

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The teen was in the middle of her homework when her brother slipped outside to play. He had only been outside for 15 minutes before his sister came for him, and brought him back inside.

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However, while the child was outside, a “concerned” neighbor saw him and notified the police immediately.

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It was a small incident that Melissa did not give a lot of thought to until two weeks later when officers arrived at her home to place her under arrest. Melissa was put in handcuffed, placed into a patrol vehicle, and transported to jail where she faced the charge of criminal reckless conduct.

“It was the most embarrassing and humiliating day, honestly, of my life,” she told Inside Edition.[1]

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In the police report, on officer speculated on a few of thing things that “could have” happened to the child while playing outside unattended. The officer claimed the child could have been “kidnapped, run over, or bitten by a venomous snake.”

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However, there are many who believe the officer was overreacting.

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And if convicted, Melisa could serve up to a full year in jail along with fines up to $1,000.

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According to her attorney, the charges are simply absurd.

“Thirteen years old and older can be left alone and take care of others for up to 12 hours, attorney David Delugas commented.

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You can watch a video about Melissa’s story below.

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  1. “Single Mom Of 5 Faces Jail Time For Leaving 4-Year-Old With Her 14-Year-Old To Go To Work” Little Things. Angela Andaloro. April 24, 2022.



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