California mom Sonya Hendren who let her 4-year-old son Tomahawk Hendren play alone on a playground just 120 feet away from her front door could wind up in jail.
According to local news outlet CBS8, the neighbor, Sonja Horrell, reported Hendren to Child Protective Services, and Hendren was arrested for felony child neglect and endangerment.
“We have a CPS (Child Protective Service) case now and every time he’s not in my visual site we’re in violation,” Hendren said.
Though the charges have been reduced to misdemeanors Hendron has been fighting to get them dropped for several months.
“I thought she would just get a warning … and she wouldn’t let them be out alone again,” said Sonja Horrell, who reported Tomahawk to CPS. Horrell and her daughter said they were worried because Tomahawk was left unattended. They said they didn’t mean the family any harm.
Horrell’s daughter Brandi said, “I’m not mad that she has to do things now to teach her because what if somebody did take him away.”
Hendron’s attorney said if the prosecution is to proceed with the charges they must prove Hendron willfully placed Tomahawk in danger.
“If this happened 20 years ago, we wouldn’t be here. There wouldn’t be a criminal case filed,” said Hendron’s attorney.
Hendron thinks she’s being criticized for her “free-range” parenting style. She prides herself for being Tomahawk’s mother.
Hendron remarks emotionally, “I breast fed for 28 months. I cloth diapered and, you know, obviously avoided helicopter parenting. I’m doing everything.”
Tomahawk says she’s everything to him. “I lover her like twenty times. Maybe a thousand,” he remarks.
Now, if she’s found gulity, Hendren could face 6 months in jail with 3 years of probation. She was reportedly offered an alternative deal of 30 days in jail and 1 year of probation but turned it down. According to her attorney Alin Cintean, if the prosecution decides to proceed with the charges, they will have to prove that Hendren willfully placed Tomahawk in danger.
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