A child was found “playing in the street” alone in Cornwall in the early hours of this morning.
Police were called to Newquay after the child, who is believed to be a girl, was found in the street at about 3.30am by a member of the public.
A 40-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
Police managed to locate the girl’s home but upon discovering no one was in, she was placed in immediate police care
Devon and Cornwall Police attended dozens of incidents on Saturday night as the Bank holiday weekend kicked off.
As of this morning there were 84 ongoing incidents according to Superintendent Ian Drummond Smith, CornwallLive reports.
Supt Dummond Smith tweeted: “Eight in custody, seven missing people, one three-year-old child found in the street at 3.30am, parents not at home, child neglect investigation commenced.”
The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.
On leaving young children alone, The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says that children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time.
Children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight and babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone.