Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot OIC Child Protection, Queensland Police Service, at a press conference to announce the arrest of two people in regard to a child's death in 2013. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot OIC Child Protection, Queensland Police Service, at a press conference to announce the arrest of two people in regard to a child's death in 2013. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Rocky police fed up with finding young children unsupervised

FOR Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot of the Rockhampton Child Protection Investigation Unit, investigating cases of young children left home alone is a regular occurrence.

It's so common, Rockhampton police recently issued a warning to parents about the consequences of leaving a child under the age of 12 unsupervised for an unreasonable amount of time.

Over the last few months, the police have been made aware of parents leaving their young children home alone, with no adult supervision, while they go to the gym, go for a run and even got to the shopping centre for a little bit of retail therapy.

Police warn it is against the law to leave a child under the age of 12 alone without appropriate care and supervision.

"The maximum penalty for this offence is three years imprisonment. Your home can become a harmful environment for your children without the appropriate supervision," a police media spokesperson said.

"Don't put your children in harm's way.

"If you need to go somewhere without your child, arrange for a friend or family member to watch them, even if it's just for 20 minutes.

"Enrol your child in your gym's crèche service, or take them for your morning run."

Det Snr Sgt Elliott confirmed a Rockhampton woman was expected to be charged for leaving a child unattended for an unreasonable amount of time recently.

She is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court at a later date.

If you know of someone who regularly leaves their child home alone, or you are concerned for the safety of a child, call Policelink on 131 444 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In emergencies, call 000.



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