TULSA, Okla. - Turns out... it's not illegal to leave your children home alone, no matter their age.
That's the question KRMG had for Tulsa Police after children were found wandering the streets alone in back-to-back days.
Wednesday, a 3-year-old boy walked away from home while being watched by his 8-year-old sister. Mom had to go to work but didn't have a baby sitter. Tulsa Police Officer Jill Roberson tells KRMG that isn't a good idea. Ofc. Roberson says, "Poor decision-making on her part. SHe felt that it was the only decision she had."
Police tell KRMG that, technically, she did nothing wrong. Ofc. Roberson says, "We don't have any city ordinances or state statutes that put a limit on age when you can leave your child home alone."
Officers say its up to each parent to decide when their children are mature enough to be left home alone.
ALthough not legally binding, DHS does have recommendations. The agency says children under six should never be left alone without adult supervision. After that, they have a sliding scale. Click here to read their recommendations.