un·​at·​tend·​ed | \ˌən-ə-ˈten-dəd \

Definition of unattended 

: not attended : not watched or looked after : lacking a guard, escort, caretaker, etc. an unattended parking lot a fire left unattended unattended children unattended luggage

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The day of her attempt, Sydni was left unattended for more than 40 minutes — even after pressing an emergency call light — when she was found unresponsive. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Prison Guard Is Being Rehired After a Scandal Involving a Teen's Suicide Attempt," 18 Sep. 2018 While the new guidelines are still uncertain, always keep a close eye on your child when changing them and to never leave children unattended on a changing table or mat. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "New Safety Standards Are Coming for Baby Changing Products — Here's Everything You Need to Know," 25 July 2018 Someone stole an unlocked and unattended bike valued at $500 from the parkway in the 900 block of Chicago Avenue between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 29. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports: Three men rob Chicago man walking in Oak Park," 1 June 2018 Call only for an emergency including unattended, active flames and life-threatening emergencies. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Where Northern California fire victims can find resources – and how you can help," 25 June 2018 It was formally recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association in the 1960’s, when kids played outside for hours unattended, and many did not own a television. Amanda Kingsbury, USA TODAY, "Children and ADHD: 5 myths about the disorder," 15 May 2018 David Slater, a British wildlife photographer, left his camera unattended, and Naruto began playing with it. Robert C. Denicola And Richard Dooling, WSJ, "Monkeying Around With Copyright Law," 26 Apr. 2018 And another passenger had two dogs, leaving the black one unattended while taking the white one to the toilet during a September 2017 flight. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 Officers initially responded to a report of children being left in an unattended vehicle at a business in the 400 block of Half Day Road, police said. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnshire police: 22-year-old Palatine resident charged with endangering life of a child," 6 July 2018

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