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Home Alone is an iconic American Christmas movie with an abundance of illegal activity.
Kevin's parents may be guilty of abandoning their child. Abandoning
a child under the Texas Penal Code§ 22.041 means to leave a child
in any place without providing reasonable and necessary care for the child,
under circumstances in which no reasonable, similarly situated adult would
leave a child of that age and ability. A person, who is the child's
guardian or care taker, commits this offense when they leave a child under
the age of 15 in circumstances that expose the child to an unreasonable
risk of harm. As most reasonable adults would not leave their child for
a second time, they are probably guilty of this charge. The parents'
best defense would be that the abandonment was unintentional and unknowing and they
attempted to resolve the problem immediately upon discovering it.
Kevin lies his way into getting into the hotel room, which could be considered
a crime. The crime of making a
false statement to obtain property or credit occurs when receiving property or service
on credit. A person commits this offense when they intentionally or knowingly
make a materially false or misleading statement to obtain property or
credit. Kevin has clearly made statement he knew to be false to get a
hotel room, which is considered receiving a service on credit. TPC § 32.32.
There are many accounts of
assault throughout this clip- committed mostly by Kevin. A person has committed
assault when they intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with
another when the person should reasonably believe that the other will
regard the contact as offensive or provocative. This would be a Class
C misdemeanor. V.T.C.A., Pen. Code § 22.01. Kevin's obvious defense
in this situation is self defense. However, one may only use like force
in self defense. As the two men do not have weapons, using deadly force
(such as heavy weights and fire) is likely exceeding the allowed amount
of force in self defense.
We see the trio enter a seemingly abandoned building in this clip. Obviously
none of them own it and is therefore criminal trespass. One has committed
the offense of criminal trespass when he enters or remains on the property
of another without consent and he had notice that the entry was forbidden
under Texas Penal Code § 30.05.
Kevin does not have any of his own money and must have stolen most of the
items he uses against the two men that are after him. A person commits
the offense of
theft when they unlawfully appropriate property with the intent to deprive the
owner of the property. TPC § 31.01.
The two criminals after Kevin could also be charged with
stalking. A person commits the offense of stalking when, if the person on more
than one occasion and pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct
that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in
conducts that the actor reasonably knows the other person will regard
as threatening to his person or his property. V.T.C.A., Pen. Code §
42.072. As we have seen these particular criminals have already harassed
Kevin in a prior movie- their current actions and persistent attempts
could be found as stalking.