In a well-known fairy tale, why did Hansel and Gertel wander alone through the woods?

they got lost by an accident
their parents were killed
they stepped through magic mirror
they were intentionally left by parents
'Hansel and Gertel' is an old German fairy tale, recorded (but not created) by the Grimm brothers. The practice of leaving children to fend for themselves, as well as cannibalistic practices (the behaviour of witch) were not uncommon in Medieval Europe during famine.
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their parents were killed
they stepped through magic mirror
they were intentionally left by parents
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