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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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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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esdrross April 12 2014 at 8:18 PM

She couldn't pay her rent but she was able to make bail?

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david.konen esdrross April 12 2014 at 8:51 PM

Sad, isn't THIS?

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adika3z April 12 2014 at 8:41 PM

casinos and lotterys are BIG FAULTs.
cause people messys up problems.

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triggertymeernie April 12 2014 at 8:54 PM

I work in a casino and I can tell you this happens a lot more than you ever hear about.

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babyloie1 April 12 2014 at 9:15 PM

HEY ESDRROSS - Where did it say she was bonded out? I just read that the bail was SET at $5,000. Doesn't say she actually made it.

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mike711l April 12 2014 at 9:16 PM

They could probably have set her bail at $50. and she wouldn't have been able to pay it.

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Carolyn April 12 2014 at 9:18 PM

She's 35 with a grandchild - I assume the 2 year old - where was the 2 year olds mother? Please don't tell me it was the 12 year olds child. Definitely something wrong either with the details here - or the mother - is there a father? Where was he? And why would you get money for rent in the casino?

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SHARON April 12 2014 at 9:44 PM

she claims she needed money to pay rent well get a job and dont be in a casino loser

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Buckingham's April 12 2014 at 9:50 PM

Try getting a job, moron.

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eeodjo Buckingham's April 12 2014 at 10:14 PM

Sorry, no one would hire her, because she only has a degree in getting pregnant and bear children. That is the only qualifications she possess.

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Hottie April 12 2014 at 9:59 PM

Not sure how dumping your money into a casino will "make" your rent? The odds are against you or anyone else coming out on top after a casino trip. I highly doubt she had a babysitter or food. Just trying to make herself sound better and grasping at straws.

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