“Just in case you didn’t hear or read about it. This woman needs HELP!”
ul 23, 2018
A Milwaukee woman is accused of leaving five children, including a newborn, in a casino garage while she gambled.
Twenty-seven-year-old Takeshia Stanton is charged with five counts of criminal child neglect in connection with the July 2 incident.
Police say Stanton left the children for up to four hours in her parked car at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. The children vary in ages from 3 months to 13 years old.
Officers say the keys were in the ignition, the air conditioner was off and an envelope was wedged into the window so the windows could not be rolled down. The temperature was 80 degrees.
Police were called by casino security after a customer reported seeing the children unattended in the car.
It’s not clear if Stanton has an attorney.
Casinos can be mesmerizing environments in which it is easy to lose track of time. Often, they do not display clocks. Some players imagine they will stay for a short period, only to find that hours have slipped away.
‘It’s a pretty common consequence of gambling addiction that you become so preoccupied that you lose track of time, so the kid stays in the car,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the The National Council on Problem Gambling. “They create an immersive environment where there is not a lot of outside stimuli.”
And there are loads of articles through the years of people leaving and abandoning their kids just to gamble.