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How young is too young to be left home alone?

How young is too young to be home alone?

A single mother in Terrace has lost her legal challenge of a court ruling that says her 8-year-old son isn’t old enough to be by himself for two hours a day.

The BC Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court finding that the mother must get supervision for the child between when he gets home from school and when she arrives home from work.

The original case began in January, 2014 when a social worker became aware that the child was regularly home alone from 3-5 p.m. during week days.

There is no provincial or federal law which lays out a minimum age for leaving a child home alone.

A copy of the BC Supreme Court ruling can be found here.

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