On April 11, Baltimore City police say they found a 3-year-old boy locked inside a car at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Authorities say an officer was able to unlock the car by reaching through a partially open window and gain entry into the vehicle. Officers say the boy was sleeping when they found him. The boy was reportedly holding a computer tablet and a juice box at the time of his discovery.
Using the casino’s security camera footage, authorities were able to track down the toddler’s mother inside the casino. She was identified as a 25-year-old resident of Landover, Maryland. According to reports, the mother was playing roulette and had been inside the casino for roughly an hour before police arrived.
When confronted about the child in the vehicle, the mother reportedly told police that she needed money and told them that she had come to the casino to gamble. Officers arrested the woman before facilitating the handover of the child to Child Protective Services. The mother has since been charged with confining an unattended child and reckless endangerment. A judge later set her bail at $100,000 during a teleconferenced District Court hearing held on April 13. She now faces a five-year maximum sentence in prison and/or a fine of $5000 if she is convicted on both counts.
Divorced Maryland parents who currently have shared child custody arrangements with another parent should know that those orders are not always permanent. You may have extraordinary circumstances which arise regarding your custody and visitation order that may require further court evaluation. Your Maryland family law attorney can petition a court on your behalf to consider how those new circumstances may adversely affect the best interests of the children involved in your case.
Depending on the circumstances, a court may order a mental health evaluation of the other parent. The court may even decide to amend the current child custody arrangement in order to limit or expand custody and visitation rights to ensure that the best interests of the child’s welfare and development are maintained.
Source: WBAL-TV 11, “Child found unattended in Horseshoe Casino parking lot,” Rob McLean, April. 13, 2015