Boy Goes To Park Alone, Mom Arrested

Port St. Lucie, FL (WPTV) — A mom faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a local park alone. She says he’s old enough but Port St. Lucie Police disagree. Now she’s fighting back.

“I’m totally dumbfounded by this whole situation,” says Nicole Gainey.

It began last Saturday afternoon when Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to Sportsman’s Park .

“Honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” says Gainey, “I was letting him go play.

It’s a half mile from their Port St. Lucie home. 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. Someone there 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.

“They said ‘where does your mom live,’ ” says Dominic.

Police took him home. That’s when his mom was arrested and charged with child neglect. Gainey says she was shocked.

“My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,” says Gainey who paid nearly $4,000 to bond out.

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

“He just basically kept going over that there’s pedophiles and this and that and basically the park wasn’t safe and he shouldn’t be there alone,” says Gainey.

She believes Dominic is mature enough to go to the park alone during the day. Gainey adds her son always has a cell phone which she calls to check on him.

“That I’m here and safe,” says Dominic.

Gainey plans to fight the felony charge. But after this she won’t let Dominic go to the park alone. She’s afraid she’ll be arrested again.

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’s done on a case-by-case basis.

8 comments

  • objectivefodder

    So everyone is on the same page here, you folks do know and are aware that we’re in a police state, right? No, no, no, don’t deny it, we are, but we’ve got a problem… So it is, we have central American children traveling almost a thousand miles along through dangerous lands coming up to cross the border (all alone) and by themselves entering the United States on our southern border, yet we have our own children walking alone down the street. Now go figure that. Oh yeah, go back to sleep and keep drinking that Kool-Aid and Fluoride. The television is your friend. Mind not that person behind the green curtain. You’re welcome.

  • Hm

    I can see maybe a 10 or 12 year old going off to the park by himself, but not 7. That’s just silly.

  • Chris

    I have a 7 year old, and there is no way in hell I would let him walk 1/2 mile alone and play at a park unsupervised! There are too many crazies in this world!

  • Maynard

    “There are too many crazies in this world!”
    Agreed. Why we let some of them have badges and guns is beyond me.

  • THERESHOULDBEAPEDOPHILEHUNTINGSEASON

    I AGREE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEDOPHILES LURKING NEAR PARKS, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE THE COURTS PROSECUTE THEM, GIVE THEM 4,5,6, YEARS OR SO AND TURN THEM LOOSE IN A FEW MONTHS. WHEN I WAS A KID, WE COULD GO TO PARKS WITH VERY LITTLE FEAR OF PEDOPHILES, NOW THIS COUNTRY HAS A PEDOPHILE EPIDEMIC.

    • objectivefodder

      Post statistics and links to support your blanketed statement regarding child predators lurking in the midst near parks, et al…

      From my knowledge (based on criminology and legal statistical accounts on the subject matter at hand); most under age children, (including the many reports of various absconding’s, molestations and rape found in this immediate area), are from close family members and acquaintances of the family. In almost every case, the sinister crime is perpetrated by someone who befriended the child or new the child, including school personnel who developed a relationship while at school.

      According to FBI criminal accounts and Interpol, children that are kidnapped or stolen are often taken, collected and subsequently sold on the black market; usually to foreign interests for the soul purpose of sex slavery or forced labor services…never a happy ending of their lives so we’ve learned. Either way, precaution is better than not, but parents should always do what’s best to protect their interest. I find it ironic how many in this forum have indicated how unsafe they feel in their own neighborhoods. Rural folks never seem to have that same sentiment. I wonder why?

      • THERESHOULDBEAPEDOPHILEHUNTINGSEASON

        Does it matter where the pedophiles come from FODDER? The point is, they get convicted and get minimal time locked away from society and when they are released, the majority of them re-offend.

  • Guy Shea

    I saw a poll on this story yesterday, 54% said it was ok to allow your child to go to the park alone, the same 54% that would be screaming, “what was she thinking”, if something happened to that child, kids shouldn’t be sent to a park alone in this day and age!

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