5 Kids Left Alone in Filthy House While Grandma Gambles at Casino

Slot MachinesSome things change when you become a mom, and the ability to come and go as you please when you have little kids is one of them. Children are not pets ... you can't just leave them alone while you gallivant off to the slots.

This should be common sense, but apparently not for Crystal Hernandez, the 34-year-old Florida grandmother who left her four kids and one grandchild at home so she could go to the casino.


She was arrested at her home on Tuesday after neighbors called the cops when the five kiddos were wandering around outside asking people for food. They ranged in age from 2 to 12. No word on where the mother (or father?) of the grandchild was, or if Hernandez has custody.

She doesn't have custody of any of them anymore, and it isn't just because she left them home alone to go gambling. Apparently the environment of the house was toxic and unlivable. We are talking pee and poop awful here.

In a report, Broward Sheriff's Deputy Matthew McGee noted that the overwhelming smell of urine and feces in the house was "almost unbearable to stand."

According to McGee, there was also "feces on the kitchen counter, along with feces on the floor," and "dirty clothes were thrown around the residence, along with old food." The one place there wasn't any food was in the cupboards, and there was only "minimal" food in the fridge.

All five children were removed by the authorities, and Hernandez is being held on $5,000 bond.

What is wrong with people? How can anyone think it's OK to live like that? Leaving your 12-year-old in charge of four younger children without provisions is bad enough, but leaving them in squalor? Heck, living in it every day?

She's a grandmother, for Pete's sake. Isn't there supposed to be some sort of special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren? Something about wanting to spoil them and nothing ever being good enough for them? Apparently Hernandez didn't get the memo.

Which do you think was the worse offense -- leaving the kids to gamble or the living conditions of the house?


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