Article from Reason by Lenore Skenazy.

Last week in Muncie, Indiana, two boys—ages 7 and 4—were home alone watching, of all things, the beloved movie Home Alone,when their mom had to leave for work and couldn’t find a babysitter.

But unlike Kevin McAllister’s mother in the film, this mom was thrown in jail. Her children were placed under the supervision of a relative, and she faces a neglect charge and a $10,000 bond.

What, exactly, happened? The mom, Taylor Joann Cumings, had to go to work and struck out on a sitter, so she kept her older son out of school to watch her younger son, who was feeling ill. It’s not clear how anyone else found out that the boys were home alone, but somebody anonymously called 911, and so the cops showed up, according to The Star Press:


Obviously, the situation for the kids was not ideal. But needing a job, having a sick kid, and not being able to find a last-minute sitter is far from ideal as well. This forced mom to make a seat-of-the-pants decision—something we all have to do from time to time. For this, Cumings is being treated like a criminal. But if it’s a bad idea for a mom to leave her kids alone, why is it a good idea to take the mom away from her kids and lock her up?

Read the entire article at Reason.

Image Credit: By Tony Webster [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons