Parents, neighbors and community
help keep our children safe. Make sure that young
children are always supervised by a responsible person.
If you see young children at home, in/around cars, or in the
community unsupervised call 9-1-1.
Did You Know....
1. Illinois law defines
neglected minor as "any minor under the age of 14 years
whose parents or other responsible persons leave the minor
without supervision for an unreasonable period of time
without regard for the mental or physical health, safety or
welfare of that minor.
2. What is considered
appropriate under certain circumstances may be considered
child neglect in other circumstances. Illinois law
lists 15 specific factors to be considered when deciding
whether a child has been left alone for an unreasonable
period of time.
3. Leaving children
unsupervised or inadequately supervised may result in injury
or at the very worst, death. Never leave babies or
young children alone, whether asleep or awake, not even for
a few minutes. Young children are not mature enough to
cope with emergencies and should not be left alone or in
charge of other children.
4. Every year nearly 4.5
million children ages 14 and under are injured at home,
in/around cars, and in the community. The vast
majority of the unintentional injury-related deaths among
children occur when they are unsupervised.
5. The top causes of
accident-related injuries and deaths are caused by:
motor vehicle crashes, drowning, poisonings , fire/burns,
falls, choking and firearms.