What is minimum age required by law in Michigan to stay home alone?
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).