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Police: Girl Sat Cold While Blankets Covered Window

Police said a girl left in a car for more than 8 hours at the Maryland Live! casino had wet herself and had no means to keep warm.

Police said a woman used blankets to shield a window while her daughter was inside the car for 8 hours. (Credit AACOPD)
Police said a woman used blankets to shield a window while her daughter was inside the car for 8 hours. (Credit AACOPD)
A woman accused of leaving her young daughter in a cold car while she went inside the Maryland Live! casino used blankets to prevent others from seeing inside the vehicle, rather than to keep the child warm, according to new details released by police. 

Anne Arundel County Police said the 4-year-old girl was found standing on a seat and crying inside a GMC Terrain SUV, and had wet herself during the eight-hour period while she waited for her mother. The temperature was 34 degrees outside, and officers said there was no indication that the car was turned on to provide heat. 

Alicia Brown, 24, was charged with second-degree child abuse and neglect.

The girl was initially spotted by a security guard, who then contacted police.

"There was no food or drink left for [the girl] in the vehicle and no means to stay warm due to the blankets being used to cover the windows," the responding officer said in charging documents.  

Security footage showed that Brown entered the casino at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The daughter was found in the car at 6:31 p.m. and her mother emerged from the casino between 30 and 40 minutes later. 

Police said Brown acknowledged the girl was her daughter. She initially told police that the girl was in the care of an aunt, but recanted her statement after officers pointed out there were security cameras showing the girl was left alone. She declined to offer an additional statement to police, according to charging documents. 

The girl was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center as a precaution and then released to the custody of her grandmother. 
Christie Lane Craven January 03, 2014 at 12:35 PM
And there was another one left in the car at Arundel Mills yesterday. What is wrong with people??
ER January 03, 2014 at 08:00 PM
This is what slots -Gambling brings to society.People will demonstrate greed, desperation and in this case neglect to fullfill their fantasy of winning. This is the behavior we can expect and will pay a great cost in society.The statistics prove over and over again.Look at the deteriation of local communities after the casinos come to town in NJ and other states who fleece their citizens for budgets.

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