Leaving a child alone in a car can lead to kidnapping or abduction. In Maryland, a woman left her toddler unattended in a car while she gambled for eight hours.
The gambling spree could have gone on longer if not for the security guard who heard a child crying in a parking garage at the Maryland Live Casino. He discovered a little girl alone in the back of a GMC Terrain. When he removed her and placed her in a casino vehicle to keep her warm, the child told him her mother had left her there saying she would be right back.
Surveillance cameras showed the GMC entering the parking facility at around 10 a.m. When the child was discovered at about 6:30 pm, officials there was no food or water in the vehicle. The car was not running, and there were no keys inside. The little girl had gone to the bathroom in the car and was visibly upset.
A 25-year-old Baltimore woman later arrived and identified herself as the child's mother.
When she appeared before the court, the woman pleaded guilty to criminal charges of reckless endangerment. The prosecution asked for five years. The judge handed down a sentence of three years, and suspended all but five days in jail. She will undergo supervised probation for three years. She was required to seek counseling and forbidden to enter any gaming facility.
The presiding judge stated that the act of leaving a toddler unattended in a vehicle was a dangerous act and could have resulted in tragedy.
While this case likely induced public outrage, it's important to remember that just because someone is charged with any crime, it does not necessarily mean he or she is guilty. The prosecution has to prove guilt in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Developing a strong defense is necessary to provide the best chance at a positive outcome in any criminal case.
Source: Eye on Annapolis, "Woman Who Left Child in Car At Maryland Live! Casino Will Spend 5 Days In Jail" No author given, May. 01, 2014