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Gambling Mom Leaves Baby In Car

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Click on Detroit: A woman faces child abandonment and criminal negligence charges after she was accused of leaving her 6-month-old child in the backseat of a vehicle while she gambled inside the Caesars Windsor Casino Thursday because she was "on a roll," police said.

The casino banned the 32-year-old Tilbury, Ontario woman from the casino and Children's Aid Society took temporary custody of the baby girl.

The woman was released at the scene and will most likely be charged on Monday, said Windsor police.

Casino security staffed noticed the baby girl alone inside a locked vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and called police.

Police said the baby was profusely sweating when they arrived a few minutes later.

Surveillance video from the casino parking structure revealed the mother left her child in the car around 10:55 p.m. Wednesday and went into the casino. She came back to the car around midnight, peaked in the window then went back to the casino and continued to gamble.

The mother was paged over the intercom and when she arrived to her vehicle, police met her and CAS took the baby as a child in need of protection.

Police said when the casino said she could no longer enter, she asked if she could go back inside and cash in her chips because she had been on "a roll."

The woman confessed to police that she does have a gambling addiction.

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Melissa August 8, 2009, 1:54 PM

I left my son in the car once. I was a single mom with the Norwalk Virus. There was no one that would help watch him, no neighbors, no family, so I drove to the pharmacy near dilerium to get medicine (that in itself was dangerous). He was about 6mo old, I was so weak I was afraid I would drop him.

Life or death should be the only reason you leave a child unattended. A store clerk actually helped me becasue I was paged - he understood and could see how ill I was.

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