Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.
Two Florida parents were hit with felony neglect charges after their 11-year-old son was reportedly playing alone in the backyard for an hour and a half. According to his mother, the boy arrived home before his parents and was locked out of the house, so he shot some hoops in the yard until they arrived. A neighbor saw the child outside alone and called the local police. When his mother and father arrived home, they were met by a police officer, who arrested them for child negligence.