HALLANDALE BEACH (CBS MIAMI) – Hallandale Beach Police arrested two women, Sunday, for leaving several children unattended while police said the women were gambling inside a casino.
Romaine Pierre, 31, and Malory Pierre, 27, allegedly left four children locked inside a car while it was still running as they went into the Mardi Gras Casino.
The women have been charged with four counts of child neglect each.
An anonymous passerby said she saw the children inside the car and noticed they did not have anyone with them for about 20 minutes.
That woman called 911.
An officer responded and found four children, two boys and two girls, ages eight, five, four and two-years-old locked inside the car.
According to the arrest affidavit, the oldest child told the officer her step-mother and her sister had gone inside the casino and “left us here.”
The officer said one of the women said she had gone inside to use the restroom and the other said she went to ask a question.
However, the officer reported learning the women were, in fact, inside gambling.
The children were not harmed.