Playing alone: Felony neglect?

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POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:09am

Florida mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to nearby park alone. Elizabeth Harrington reports.

(WPTV) A Florida mom faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a park near their home 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 7-year-old 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."

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