Cops: Florida mom left 4-year-old in car for hours while she gambled in casino

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on March 20, 2014 

From the Miami Herald

A mother and her male friend are behind bars after leaving a 4-year old in a car for hours while they were gambling at a South Florida casino.

Broward sheriff’s deputies arrested Nancy Joseph, 36, the mother of the child and her friend Salomon Baptiste, 34, on charges of neglect without great bodily harm.

According to police, a Seminole Police officer heard the little girl screaming and crying in a minivan on Tuesday night.

The windows of the van were rolled up but the doors were unlocked.

Police said the child was asleep and had woken up. She had been in the car for about two to three hours.

Joseph and Baptiste were inside Seminole Classic Casino on Sterling Road and 441 at the time the child was found.

She was later taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she was released to a family member.

Broward Protective Services were called but the case will end up in Miami-Dade County because it’s where the mother lives.

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