Hard Rock hotel where parents allegedly left toddler alone for almost an hour while they gambled and went out to dinner. Photo via seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Seminole Florida police (in Seminole city) arrested the parents of a 20-month-old toddler of leaving their youngster in their hotel room while the couple gambled at the hotel’s casino at the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Hollywood, Florida.
A security guard reportedly went to to check on the couple’s room after a phone in their room had been unplugged. Apparently if a phone becomes unplugged, security gets alerted and checks on the room as standard operating procedure. When the guard arrived, he entered the room attempts at getting someone to answer the door failed. Inside the guard found a toddler sleeping. According to the police report, the security guard waited about 20 minutes to see if the child’s parents would return and when they didn’t, the guard called the police.
The tot’s parents arrived shortly thereafter and explained to the police that they had unplugged the phone so not to disturb the child whom they put to bed. They admitted to leaving the child alone for about 45 minutes while they ate and gambled a little.
Police arrested the parents, Natalie Fouche, 30 and Albert Thomas Owens, 36 and charged them with child cruelty. Fouche is a nursing student while Owens told police that he was currently unemployed.
The toddler was placed in the custody of a relative until the court decides where to place the child long-term.
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