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What is the legal age to leave a child home alone in Missouri?


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2008-06-03 03:37:59
2008-06-03 03:37:59

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).

12 years old appears to be the most common recommendation. provides a state by state comparison.


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There is no legal minimum age in which a child can be left home alone overnight in Missouri. However it is never recommended that a child younger than age 12 be left home alone at all.

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In Ontario, Canada it is not legal to leave a young child home alone overnight. After the age of 16, a child can be left alone over night.

In the state of Illinois, the legal age to leave a child home alone is 14. Illinois is one of only 13 states that have a latch key law on the books.

The state of Missouri actually has no law regulating the age at which a child can be left alone at home, so you could leave your six year old child at home to watch your five year old child, and it would still be technically legal.

The legal age for a child to stay home alone in North Dakota is 9 years and up (it is unlawful for leave a child under the age of 9 alone.)

I heard recently that the legal age to leave a child alone in Nova Scotia, Canada is age 10.

no age you can do it any time but its not recommended

The legal age in California to leave a child home is 9 years old. There is no legal age set for leaving a child home in California, but there are guidelines. The legal status of leaving a child home alone all determines whether there are any disturbances within the neighborhood as a result of the child being left home alone. This means that the child must be both responsible and trustworthy in order to be named LEGAL.

in Canada it is legal to leave a 10 year old alone and a 12 year old is the age you have to be to babysit a younger person

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It depends on the child's age, but i think you can start leaving the alone at age 11.

Type your answer here... no legistlated age as long as child mature enough

There are no legal laws about the age a child may be left alone but a child who is left alone too young could leave the parent liable for negligence or child abuse. A general rule of thumb would be if the child can cook for him/herself or call emergency services.

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I think 16 is the age you can leave your child home alone depending on how long you are gone for if it is a few days then 16 or 18 for definite.

There is currently not a law that specifies the age a child has to be to stay home alone overnight. It is left up to the parents to decide if their child is mature enough to handle it.

the legal age to leave a child home is 15yr old

I don't know if it's legal, but it's not sensible.

the legal age to leave your child at home alone is13 so i would assume babysitters must be at least this age

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