A Florida mother says she is bewildered after she was arrested and charged with child neglect for letting her son walk to a nearby park alone.

“I’m totally dumbfounded by this whole situation,” Port St. Lucie resident Nicole Gainey told WPTV.

Gainey thought nothing of letting Dominic, her 7-year-old son, walk to Sportsman’s Park on Saturday.

The park is about half a mile from Gainey’s home and it takes Dominic between 10 to 15 minutes to make the jaunt.

“Honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” Gainey said. “I was letting him go play.”

Dominic passed a public pool on his way to the park. A person there asked him where his parents were.

“They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops,” Dominic told WPTV.

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