A mom has been arrested after allegedly leaving her three-year-old son by himself in a car while she tried her luck at the roulette table inside Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.
A passerby on the fifth floor the parking garage alerted cops to the child who was sleeping in the vehicle that had its window opened a few inches. An officer who managed to reach through the window to unlock the car door found a juice box and a tablet left with the preschooler.
“Casino security were able to locate 25-year-old Jade Loren Germany, mother of the child who was found playing roulette at the time. When being placed under arrest Germany stated that she was only in the casino because she needed the money according to the police report,” Fox Baltimore reported.
“Police and casino security used camera footage to identify the child’s mother, who allegedly had been in the casino for less than an hour and was playing roulette in Pit 9,” the Baltimore Sun added.
Authorities charged the woman with reckless endangerment and leaving a child confined and unattended, according to NBC Washington. She was also banned for life from any casino operated by Ceasars, Horseshoe’s parent company, under its zero-tolerance policy.
Child Protective Services took custody of the woman’s son at least temporarily. He was examined at a local hospital and was determined to be in good health.
‘It’s never okay to leave any child unattended at any location. This is a three-year-old that is left unattended, no adult in the vehicle, no adult around watching him, and if officers were able to reach inside the car to get inside that’s our concern as well,” Baltimore police detective Jeremy Silbert commented.
As the Inquisitr has previously reported, a number of similar disturbing incidents have occurred at gambling establishments around the country. For example, last September, a dad allegedly left his one-year-old son unattended in the front seat of a running car while he gambled at Bally’s Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Elsewhere, a North Carolina man was accused of locking his 98-year-old mother inside a hot car while he spent time in a casino in an incident that occurred in July 2014. On New Year’s Eve 2014, a casino-gambling mom allegedly left her four-year-old daughter alone in an SUV for about eight hours in near-freezing temperatures while she tried her luck inside the Maryland Live! facility. In Florida, two moms allegedly left four kids in a running car by themselves while the women went gambling at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. Police made arrests in all of these incidents.
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