A mom is on trial in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for leaving her son, 6, alone in a home for 90 minutes in the summer of 2013.
The boy had food, water and a TV, and did not suffer any injuries. However, the mom has been charged with child abandonment, noted the Winnipeg Free Press.
"Even in a home environment, that child was endangered," prosecutor Nancy Fazenda stated in court this week. "There doesn't necessarily have to be a negative consequence."
Fazenda listed off a number of household tragedies that could have happened, but did not.
"Just because nothing bad happened, that's not the test," added Fazenda.
However, the mom's lawyer Michael Law countered, "It must be more than purely speculative."
"If you were to convict in this case, you would be bringing the law into a new realm. It would be unprecedented," added Law.
The mom has lost custody of her child to his father, and hasn't seen her son for more than 18 months.
The law says child abandonment is defined as doing anything to a child “so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured,” noted 24News.ca.