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How crazy has the nanny state become? Judge for yourself. Reason reports that a mother was arrested for letting her kids walk around the corner to buy food.

A South Carolina mom who let her 9-year-old nephew walk her 3-year-old son to the McDonald’s less than a quarter mile away has been—I’m sure you can finish this sentence in your sleep by now—arrested and charged with child neglect.

The reason? According to WSPA News 7:

The officer says the boys had to cross a street and pass several businesses and homes to get to the eatery, putting their safety at risk.

The mom, Tiesha Mesha Hillstock, 24, told the police the unthinkable: She had trusted the older boy to “take care of his cousin.”

No one was hurt, no one was abducted or kidnapped. Kids have been walking down the street for years without incident, but now it’s suddenly child abuse in the minds of nanny state busybodies? This nonsense needs to stop before all children are forced to live inside impenetrable bubbles until they’re 18.