Nebraska makes it criminal endangerment to leave a child under 6 in a vehicle at any time. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-710. The remainder of the statute defines endangerment as knowing or reckless causing of risk of danger to a child’s physical or mental health. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28.
Nebraska Revised Statute § 43-247 sets out a non-fault based system of adjudications for lack of proper care of a minor which seems extremely broad. It appears that actions affecting care necessary for the health, morals, or well-being can be sufficient to bring children into state custody without clear limits in the law. The law does not single out lack of supervision or set an age limit on when kids can be alone, however.
This webpage is not a legal document, and Let Grow does not take responsibility for the content. Be mindful that some localities have rules and guidelines even when the state does not. When in doubt, consult your local authorities to confirm the laws where you live. What’s more, laws change, as do judicial interpretations of them, and this webpage may not be updated immediately.
Right now, most states’ neglect laws are incredibly open-ended. They say things like, “Parent must provide proper supervision.” We agree! But people have different ideas of what that entails. Select a state below to learn more about their laws, policies and how Let Grow is helping.
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