by Lenore Skenazy
Did you ever wait in the car while your mom ran an errand? New Jersey says you were abused â€” and your mom was a criminal.
In an appeals court decision last week, three judges ruled that a mother who left her toddler sleeping in his car seat while she went into a store for five to 10 minutes was indeed guilty of abuse or neglect for taking insufficient care to protect him from harm.
Not that the child came to any harm; he seems to have slept through the whole non-incident.
But when the mom emerged from the store, she was confronted by cops, whoâ€™d been summoned by a mall guard when he noticed the sleeping child.
She was arrested and placed on the child-abuse registry â€” even though a Division of Child Protection and Permanency agent visited her home that day and found the kids well cared for.
If this had been the law back when I was a kid, Rahelen Skenazy â€” the lady who loves me more than the stars â€” would be on that registry. …