Parents arrested after they leave son, 11, to spend Christmas alone with frozen dinners while they vacation

January 5, 2022

The parents of an 11-year-old boy have been arrested after leaving him home alone over the holiday season while they went on vacation.

Melissa Green, 34, and Bobby Jo Green, 40, were arrested on Wednesday, December 29, according to a report from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

The alarm was raised on December 12 when the sheriff’s office in Elfrida, Arizona, USA, received a call from a concerned neighbour.

Deputies visited an address on Coral Lane in Elfrida, where they saw an 11-year-old boy who told them that he had been left with a supply of frozen food while his parent had gone away for Thanksgiving, which was on November 24.

The boy also told them that he hadn’t been to school in over a fortnight, reports Arizona Central.

“Deputies responded and made contact with the 11 year old who was home alone, and further investigation indicated that the mother had left the residence to go out of state before Thanksgiving and the father had followed shortly after Thanksgiving,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

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