I am shocked by the recent news story, from San Ramon (Bay area) CA. A couple flew to Las Vegas on Friday Morning, leaving their 5 year old autistic son with their 10 year old son. They were due to fly home on Tuesday, but their flight was cancelled due to weather. They did manage to get someone to come take care of their puppies though. So, they left a disabled 5 year old with a 10 year old boy, alone for 5 days & nights with only cereal & frozen dinners to eat. It makes me sick to think about it. How could any parent do this? It sounds like the kids grandma would have been happy to babysit too, but she was not told about the trip. She is the one who discovered they were alone when she called to say hi & thought the boys were alone. The icing on the cake, is that there is no law that says how old a child has to be to be left home alone. Just that the parent's responsibility is to determine if the child is responsible enough to be left alone. I do hope that the children are not returned to their care. Their parents are clearly not mentally competent enough to raise children. Sorry for the long post, but I am outraged by this. I have 7 & 8 year old kids & would not leave them alone for 10 minutes, much less for days at a time. When will there be a licensing process for having children??