Laws do not prescribe a minimum age, but the child's maturity and ability to take care of themselves will be a factor in determining if there was any child endangerment. AnswerMichigan, as almost every state, does not have a law specifying the age at which a minor child can be left home alone. The basic criteria is the circumstances and the amount of time that the child is left rather than age, which creates a legal "Catch-22". The law presumes that the parent(s) or adult caregiver will be prudent in assessing the child or children's level of maturity when making such a decision. It goes without saying one should never leave an infant or small child alone for any length of time. Generally a child under the age of 12 is not considered mature enough to deal with some of the circumstances that might arise.
If a minor child is injured and needs medical attention or is found left in an environment considered unacceptable (as in no staples, utilities, etc.) the parent or adult caregiver can be charged with child endangerment and/or neglect. Due to the way the statue is written it is strictly a judgment call on the part of the parent or adult in charge.
Be advised that in almost any state a child under the age of 12 left w/o adult contact for more than twenty-four hours can be considered to have been abandoned. LEGAL AGE.
There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines (Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with very specific ages). Typically 8 year olds and over can be left at home for up to several hours (usually after school before a parent gets home from work).
CT does not have a legal age to stay home alone. The state guidelines suggest 12 but also state that you have to make a decision based on your child's maturity, the length of time alone and other factors.
Legal minimum home alone age in IL is 13.
The legal age to stay home alone in Michigan is 11 years old. At this age, a child can babysit other children and siblings as well.
Michigan Builders Licenses are required for certified home inspectors
The state of Texas does not have a minimum age law stating when a child is old enough to be left home alone. Leaving teenagers at home alone overnight, is not recommended.
16 years of age
There is no law in the state of Indiana which places a legal minimum age at which a kid can be left home alone. The minimum age ranges from 8 to 14 in other states.
I don't think there is a minimum age but is rather at the parents descretion, probably based on the child's ability to care of themselves. Maturity would help too, of course. 10,11,12,13 and old
The state of Michigan does not have a specific law against this situation. It is up to the parent to know whether or not their sixteen year old is responsible enough to stay home alone overnight.
There is no minimum age required for a child to stay home alone in New York state. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services states that it depends on the maturity of the child and recommend that age 12-13 would be appropriate.
There is no legal minimum age for a child to be left alone in Alberta.