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Mom charged after son walks to park alone

Port St. Lucie, FL.  - A mom faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a park alone.

"I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation," says Nicole Gainey.

Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to a park a half mile away.

"Honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong," says Gainey, "I was letting him go play.

Dominic says it only takes him about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. 

During the walk, the 7-year-old passed a public pool where someone asked him where his mom was.

"They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops," says Dominic Guerrisi.

Dominic was playing at the park when an officer pulled up and took him home.

His mom was arrested and charged with child neglect.

The officer wrote in the report that Dominic was unsupervised at the park and that "numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity."

The St. Lucie County State's Attorney's office says there is no law that specifies how old a child has to be before he or she can go somewhere unsupervised.

It is done on a case-by-case basis. 

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