On Dec. 31, 2013, officials from the Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACOPD) in Hanover, Md., responded to a report of an unattended child locked in a car on the fourth level of the Maryland Live! Casino parking garage.
Turns out, that 4-year-old little girl had been locked in that car, alone, hungry and crying, for eight hours in frigid temperatures while the child’s mother was playing inside the casino, according to WJLA.
Based on the investigation, the low temperature, the child’s age and the obvious distress, medical personnel were summoned to the scene to check the child for injuries. The child was subsequently transported to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center for an examination. Just prior to transport, the mother of the child returned to the scene and identified the child as hers. ~ AACOPD
Police arrested the mother, Alicia Denice Brown, 24, of Baltimore, and charged her with: “Child Abuse 2nd Degree, Confined Unattended Child under 8 years old, and Neglect of a Minor.”
Brown had covered the interior windows of her SUV with blankets so the inside of the vehicle would not be visible to passersby. Only the screams and crying of the child alerted a casino security officer to the plight of the unattended little girl.
The 4-year-old was examined by physicians at a nearby hospital and found to be in good health. Other than being cold and hungry, the child displayed no signs of physical child abuse.
Police say that Child Protective Services was contacted in reference to this incident. The child was released into the care of a relative.
Lt. T.J. Smith of the AACOPD said, "We don't do this to animals, we certainly shouldn't do this to children."
Brown was taken to the Anne Arundel County detention center pending her bond hearing.
"A four-year-old child gets upset when you go downstairs, let alone left in a car all day long. This is parental selfishness, absolute stupidity, just reckless abandonment," Lt. Smith concluded.
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