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D. A. considers charges after child burns down home

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty District Attorney is deciding whether he'll prosecute a woman who was arrested over the weekend for leaving her 10 year old son home alone. The boy burned down the family home while playing with a lighter.

Reucille Sharper was arrested for reckless conduct when she returned to her Leonard Street home Saturday morning.

Georgia does not have laws or regulations stating when a child is considered old enough to care for himself, but they have published guidelines encouraging parents to use sound judgement.

Officers spotted smoke coming from the home and found the boy standing in the yard. 

District Attorney Greg Edwards says his investigation continues. "A bad result is not necessarily going to be the basis for prosecution or not.  What we will look at is the entirety of the circumstances to make a determination, of this circumstance.  To make a decision about how this case will progress."

Sharper was released from the Dougherty County jail on $500 bond, and the American Red Cross is helping her family. Fire investigators say the fire was started by the ten year old, playing with a lighter on the bed.

The Georgia Department of Human Services has guidelines for leaving a child without adult supervision.  CLICK HERE for more 

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