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Parents abandon daughters in car while they gamble

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We’re in the thick of it right now. I’m talking about the thick August heat. It’s summer and the weather is scorching hot in much of the country. And it will remain that way into September, aside from the occasional cool spell if you’re lucky enough to escape the heat.


So we shouldn’t’ have to tell you that leaving your kids in the car in the hot, hot heat is a definite no-no. It’s a definite no-no even on a perfect fall day where the inside of a car doesn’t reach boiling point. But in the summer? Leaving a child in the car is beyond ridiculous.

But a Brooklyn couple did just that. Thankfully, it wasn’t hot enough outside or in the car to do any damage, but what they did is still a crime. And what did they do? Well, according to police, Maria Loja and Segundo Japa locked their daughters, ages 6 and 8, in a car. They parked that car in the Resorts World Casino parking lot so they could go inside and gamble.

Thankfully, security spotted the kids at around midnight and contacted authorities. Police intervened and took the kids to the hospital. The parents, meanwhile, have been charged with two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a minor.


This is the second time this year that a caregiver left their kids at Resorts World Casino. Back in February, when it was the complete opposite of summer out, a 56-year-old Brooklyn woman (again, there’s something about Brooklyn) left her granddaughter in the car while she gambled. And while it wasn’t summer, the vehicle wasn’t heated, so the child could have suffered serious injury being left out in the cold.

We’ve got to hand it to Resorts World Casino for making it a habit of searching the parking lot for suspicious activity. They definitely do a good job of patrolling the area to ensure that minors aren’t being left in the car. But one time child abandonment case at a casino is one too many.

A smart solution could be implemented that would ensure children aren’t left in the car. Perhaps as parents enter a parking lot, a security guard could check inside. If a child is present, the parents could be directed to a special lot just for parents with kids. A security guard could patrol that area more easily and ensure that no one is being left alone.


Alternatively, instead of creating a separate lot, parents entering a parking lot could be handed a ticket that indicates the number of children with them. Whether it’s 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4, the ticket would be handed to the parents. The parents would need to present that ticket upon entering the casino complex. If the number of children in tow doesn’t match the number of children present, then security can act on it right away.

Sure, there are some logistical issues in implemented this solution. But as more and more cases like this pop up, maybe it’s time we seriously consider a solution.

If you want to play casino games and can’t get a babysitter, just fire up Prism Casino and play from home where you can keep an eye on your children. Of course, we believe that if you’re watching your kids, you shouldn’t be gambling at all. Family time is important. But when they’re tucked into bed all snug as a bug in a rug, at least they’ll be safe while you gamble.

Gemma Sykes

Gemma is not only a great game player who enjoys casino halls, she is also a great jazz dancer. She has a very keen interest in the way things work, her curiosity got her a job on online gambling industry as a writer. Always looking for new and fun ways to do things and still have time for the spotlight.