HANOVER, Md - A young child was left in a car at the Maryland Live! Casino for more than eight hours on New Year's Eve.
Anne Arundel County Police were called to the casino just after 6:30 p.m. Security for the casino were on a routine patrol of the parking garage when they noticed a child between three and five years old crying in a parked car on the fourth level.
"There's not an excuse good enough to leave a four year old child inside of a vehicle in cold temperatures. It was a relatively cold day yesterday. So we're lucky that yesterday wasn't a below freezing day or extreme heat because this could have been a terrible tragedy," said Lt. T.J. Smith.
Police say the car arrived at the casino around 10 Tuesday morning. A woman got out and entered the casino.
Lt Smith says it's not clear exactly what Brown was doing that whole time inside the casino and there was no indication she had periodically checked on her daughter.
Medics were called to evaluate the child because of the low temperature and the child's age. Just before the child was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the mother returned to the car and said the child was hers.
The mother, Alicia Denice Brown, was arrested at the scene. The 24-year-old now faces several charges including child abuse and neglect of a minor.
Aside from being cold and hungry, the four-year-old child showed no signs of abuse and was released to a relative.
"Hopefully this is a lesson to other parents that think this is okay. It's never okay. We don't do this to animals, we certainly shouldn't do this to children," said Lt. Smith.