My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: CA
Okay, I don't really know if this qualifies as neglect. I see it as more an issue of poor parenting, but am not really sure.
On Sunday (Mother's Day) I was visiting my mother, when a 5 year old child entered the home through an open garage door. She asked me if I had any candy. I told her no, and that she should never enter a stranger's home. Then using poor judgement, I sent her away. The child returned about 15 minutes later again asking if I had any candy for her. At this point I decided to walk her home. Turned out she lived down the street and around the corner.
Upon arrival, I observed her sister (11-13 yo) hanging out on the front porch. Her grandmother eventually came out. I told her what happened and she was horrified and embarassed. Considering the circumstance, I understood her reaction.
To my dismay, when I went back to my mother's house yesterday, I again saw this same 5 year old wandering around. The child was clothed, her hair was kept and she appeared to be fed properly. I don't think they are neglecting this child, only failing to properly supervise her.
I don't know what, if anything, I should do about this. It makes me sick to think of what could happen to this child. My mom's neighborhood it not the best. There is a meth dealer next door and a pot dealer across the street. Though I'm confident the dealers would never hurt the child, I'm not so confident about their clients. Not to mention the obvious dangers should she step foot of the curb. I haven't even checked the Megan's Law registry for my mom's neighborhood.
I'm visiting my mother again this afternoon and am hoping not to see this child. It bothers me to think that if something were to happen to her, I could have done something to try to prevent it.