Talk about gambling! Listening to the news early this morning... a story about a mom who left her 3 year old strapped in his car seat while she played in a casino for more than 9 hours!!
Poor little thing was soaked through and frightened.
A security guard noticed the child crying, found it alone in the car and an announcement was put on the P.A.
Out walks mom, who says that the child was sleeping and she checked on it several times.
No big deal right?
Yes, the child is now in protective custody.
I am sure that the defense will be along the lines of a gambling addiction. Is that a valid excuse?
There will be those who blame the casinos for fostering addictions.
I have several thoughts about this.
I do not know if this casino offers babysitting, but I know that many do. Some give the service for free.
I also know that most casinos offer gambling addiction treatment programs.
As a mom ... I am stunned by this behavior. Maybe its because I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley where every year you heard a new horror story of a parent leaving a baby in the car in summer time and the child perished... or of abductions of children from cars... or children left in cars that were running while someone popped into the mini mart for smokes and low and behold, the child put the car into gear.
You never leave a child alone in a car.
So many people who can't have kids would love to have a child like that. Must frustrate the snot out of them to hear stories like this.
That woman gambled on the life of her child.
What a loser.