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Woman arrested for leaving kids alone while she was gambling

Police: Florida Woman Leaves Kids, Grandchild Home Alone To Gamble


A Florida woman has been charged with five felony counts of child neglect after police say she left her four kids and a grandchild alone while she gambled at a casino in Miami.

She told WTVJ, "I was out trying to get my rent paid!"

35-year-old Crystal Hernandez was arrested Tuesday, according to WPLG. She's accused of leaving the five kids, who are between the ages of 2 and 12 years old, home alone with no supervision or food.

WSVN says, "Investigators say there were feces on the floor and on the counter. We were just in there, and I can tell you, there was a strong odor of urine in that apartment."

According to court records, officers were called to the scene when neighbors called 9-1-1 to report seeing the children wandering around the neighborhood asking for food.

WFOR reports child protective services immediately removed all five children from Hernandez's home, and on Wednesday, a judge ordered her not to have contact with any of them.

But Hernandez, who moved to South Florida about three months ago, told WTVJ she had a babysitter watching the kids at the time of her arrest and that she had plenty of food in her house for them to eat.

Hernandez was formally charged with five counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, and her bail was set at $5,000.

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Jeff April 13 2014 at 12:12 AM

Correction, your url address states that she left them in the car where in fact they were left alone att home.

Here it is:http://www.aol.com/article/2014/04/12/woman-arrested-for-leaving-grandchildren-in-car-while-she-was-ga/20868106/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl20%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D464068

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justwoman62 April 12 2014 at 10:46 PM

bet she doesn't get one of those "mom of the year" plaques for mother's day....she should put the money used for hair dye towards rent....

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mbrheljr April 12 2014 at 5:07 PM

There must be a special place in Hell for parents who do this...

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royjoneswolf62 mbrheljr April 12 2014 at 5:29 PM

If there is a hell, it will be populated by folks like this. And women haters, gay bashers, immigrant haters and their ilk!

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kathybrady April 12 2014 at 5:11 PM

Although I feel bad for the woman for not being able to pay her rent, what moron leaves their kids alone? Lame excuse -I had a babysitter for them. Where was the babysitter when the kids were found wandering the streets? When she finishes for stint in jail, she needs to get help for her gambling addiction!

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cruiserm32 April 12 2014 at 5:11 PM

My kids are 12 and 9 and I leave for an hour to go grocery shop. :/ Does that make me bad? Granted we have ample food and a clean home....I'm trying to get a handle on the age thing.

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carmpence cruiserm32 April 12 2014 at 5:22 PM

your kids were running around a neighborhood begging for food. I bet anything their was no babysitter and no 12 year old should be left alone with 3 younger kids. Be the parent if your going to breed.

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bobluc cruiserm32 April 12 2014 at 5:49 PM

I am betting that your kids learned how to call 911 and when at an early age. I hope also that you have working smoke and CO alarms and have taught them what to do. Other safety measures?

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cruiserm32 bobluc April 12 2014 at 6:00 PM

Yes! .....of course yes to all points. Rules of communication and safety. Neither me or my children are idiots. Seriously?

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bcr.cr April 12 2014 at 5:13 PM

She most probably lost in the casino and will surely lose in the court for five felony counts of child neglect.

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Bobbi April 12 2014 at 10:43 PM

hey shouldn't we start a fund for her like the one they did for the woman who left her 2 kids in the car while she went for a job interview I mean this one was trying to get rent money shouldn't we feel bad for her I THINK NOT hope the kids end up with loving relatives or loving foster parents

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rodshiley71 Bobbi April 12 2014 at 10:55 PM

She's been given over $100,000. Think she's still looking for a job?

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mshapagurl15 Bobbi April 12 2014 at 11:45 PM

This woman is no role model for her kids because a responsible parent wouldn't up and leave their young kids at home without any adult supervision. So she certainly doesn't deserve any assistance.

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Lamceton21 April 12 2014 at 5:16 PM

Ok, what's the ral story, the caption said the cop's fond them in her car and how long were they left a lone?

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carmpence April 12 2014 at 5:18 PM

well if she didn't have the rent money how is she going to get the bail money? Priorities people.

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jbraidedbeauty1 April 12 2014 at 5:19 PM

35 ???? another site said 34...what ever.. a grandmother at 34.. how old was the dman mother of the kid.. and leaving 5 kids to go gamble.. what kind of ignorant mother was this woman .. feces and urine and no food but this trick had money to go gambling! where's the dad at?

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jane.sauric jbraidedbeauty1 April 12 2014 at 5:32 PM

I should imagine 'dad' is no one man.

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bobluc jbraidedbeauty1 April 12 2014 at 5:44 PM

and the Grandchild's mom and dad.

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