2 mothers leave children inside car to gamble
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two South Florida women went out for a night at the slots Sunday evening, leaving their children inside a running car in the parking lot of a casino, police said.
Sisters Romaine Pierre, 31, and Malory Pierre, 27, of North Miami, drove to Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach with two boys and two girls.
According to Broward County Circuit Judge John Hurley, a customer at the casino noticed the children sitting in the car for 20 to 30 minutes, then called 911.
Hallandale Beach Police arrested both women, who appeared in court Monday morning on four counts each of child neglect without great harm. The sisters are being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach with bond set at $4,000 each.
"Hallandale Police came to the car and had to have one of the children unlock the car," indicated Judge Hurley during the bond hearing. "The oldest child, I believe, said, 'My stepmother and sister went inside and left us here.'"
The children, ages 8, 5, 4 and 2, were not hurt. When police confronted the sisters, one of them told them they had gone to the restroom, while the other told authorities she had gone inside to ask a question. An investigation later revealed the women checked in to the Players' Club and were playing slots inside.
Judge Hurley ordered the women to refrain from gambling while their case remains pending. "I'm going to order both of you, Malory and Romaine, not to go to a casino while you're out on bond," he said.
Hurley also called on the Department of Children and Families to investigate. The children are currently under the care of their grandmother.
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