Q: Hello my oldest daughter is 12 years of age i also have a 10 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Question is, it
Legal for my 12 year old to be home alone with the other 2 from 3 pm to 3to5 am
A: Utah Code Annotated 34-23-205 lists "baby-sitting" as a permitted occupation for minors 12 years of age or older, so the short answer to "is it legal" would be yes. The reasonableness of leaving minor children in the care of another minor is subjective and would be reviewed by DCFS and/or a court on a case-by-case basis because the determination would be heavily fact-dependent. Ultimately, if you feel your 12 year old is responsible enough to supervise her siblings for that period of time, you are probably okay. I would just make sure your eldest always has the ability to contact you or another adult, preferably one close enough to respond quickly if necessary, in case something comes up and she needs help figuring out what to do.
Side note, if you have or could install an internet-connected security camera with two-way audio in a central location where the children would normally gather in the evenings, it might give you an added sense of security. Just a thought.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.