I can’t stress this enough. If you go to a land-based casino to gamble, leave your children at home with a babysitter. Not only is unsafe to leave them roaming the property alone, it could land you in jail.
It happened to a Baltimore, Maryland woman after she was found guilty for reckless endangerment on Thursday. To be fair, though, the woman didn’t exactly let her kid roam the casino complex while she gambled at Maryland Live! Casino. No, she decided to leave her child in the car. Unattended. Without supervision. Or food. Or a blanket to keep warm.
On December 31, 2013, police officers in Anne Arundel County answered the call of a child left unattended in a motor vehicle. When they got to the casino parking garage, they found a 4-year-old left alone inside a white GMC Terrain.
Security took the child to a warm vehicle and began scouring the security footage. They discovered that the car had entered the garage at 10am. The child was found at 6:31pm. And it was cold (remember, this is December 31st). What’s more, the girl was left alone without food or water to consume or blankets to stay warm.
The mother, Alicia Brown, was sentenced on Thursday to five days in jail plus three years of probation. She was also ordered to not enter a casino or gambling facility during that time.
Now, this would be a good opportunity to plug the merits of online casinos. But I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to say that staying home to play online casino games at sites like Prism Casino will solve your problem of not having someone to watch your kid.
I’m not going to make that argument because I think if you’re stupid enough to leave your kid unattended in a car while you gamble at a casino, you’re stupid enough to not pay attention to them at home while you gamble online.
If you’ve got kids, play online casino games when they’re sleeping. The time that they’re awake should be treasured. That’s not to say that kids shouldn’t entertain themselves and have fun playing on their own. Just make sure you know what they’re doing while they’re under your care.