Eight-year-old too young to be left alone for two hours after school, B.C. court rules — no matter how mature

In a case that pits parental discretion against the state’s, a British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled an 8-year-old child is too young to stay home alone for two hours after school, no matter how mature and capable his mother believes him to be.

The child, referred to as ‘A.K.’ to protect his identity, had been staying home alone and unsupervised from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. while his mother, referred to as ‘B.R.,’ worked. His brother, then four years old, was being cared for by someone else during those workdays.