John Stossel reports that the government sometimes arrests parents for giving kids responsibility. In South Carolina, Deborah Harrell was jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park for the day.
Stossel says local media outlets breathlessly reported that Harrell left her daughter at the park “for hours at a time,” and that she “confessed” to that. A police interrogator lectured Harrell: “You can’t leave a child who is nine years old in the park by herself. What would you do if some sex offender came by?” Yet, despite media scare stories, kidnappings are extremely rare and are way down. Stossel explains further.