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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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pbirch3074 April 12 2014 at 3:08 PM

35 year old grandmother pretty much answers most questions about his case.

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cgssnavickas April 12 2014 at 2:34 PM

Her gambling addiction is more important than her children. Hopefully they take them away and let someone decent raise them. I feel for the kids.

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karen and pitts April 12 2014 at 3:22 PM

wow 5000 whole dollars? bond out for500 with a bondsman

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poll100 karen and pitts April 12 2014 at 3:29 PM

She can't pay her rent or buy food.

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flobrooks poll100 April 12 2014 at 3:40 PM

But she has money to gamble and she says "hire a sitter". This is what happens when we give free stuff to tramps.

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Linda K poll100 April 12 2014 at 3:44 PM

I'll bet she finds $500 to get out of jail.

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bochemilner April 12 2014 at 3:11 PM

This is America, so you know it's not her fault. lol

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ohioh111b111y bochemilner April 12 2014 at 3:30 PM

boch: applause applause.... thats what Im saying... why is everyone being such a hater? she aint supposed to watch dem kiddies.

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dwtomczyk April 12 2014 at 3:08 PM

did she win?

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theomegaman72 April 12 2014 at 3:21 PM

nice moustache

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mvhassouneh April 12 2014 at 2:00 PM

ok so a 35 year old is a grandmother? Terrific.

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BroPower mvhassouneh April 12 2014 at 2:32 PM

OMG and she's White....!

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tjhorrocks BroPower April 12 2014 at 3:10 PM

Crystal Hernandez ? Another Florida white Mexican?

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alberto.balili April 13 2014 at 2:10 PM

Wow...5k bail!...she wanted to win in casino for her rent but she would obviously lose 5k for her bail.

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jsamo83 April 12 2014 at 1:45 PM

So which is it? Were the kids at home or in the car or do they live in the car? Does she rent the car and live it and call it home? Does she live in a house,leave the car at home and leave the kids in the car at home?

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agmassey jsamo83 April 12 2014 at 2:22 PM

All good questions! The article was very poorly written. I wonder if they have supervisors that even look at this stuff.

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Anthony April 12 2014 at 1:44 PM

Hopefully she will move back to were she came from after she spends a lot of time in jail for child abuse. I do hope these children can find a GOOD home, they sure as hell do not have one with this scum bag...

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