Couple Who Left Toddler Alone in Casino Hotel Room Made a Foolish Gamble

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hard rock casinoYou know how you'd love to go to the casinos so you can wine, dine, and gamble like a young childless person, but DAGNABIT ALL, there's that pesky kid of yours ruining all the fun? Well here's a couple who didn't let a little thing like a 20-month-old get in the way of their Big Easy fun.

Natalie Fouche and Albert Thomas Owens were arrested for leaving their toddler alone in a casino hotel room while they went out for dinner and drinks. Investigators say the two put the child down to sleep, took the phone off the hook, and then spent at least 45 minutes at the hotel restaurant before they were caught. It sounds sleazy -- but then, is this really that different from letting the kid sleep in a bedroom upstairs while you eat dinner downstairs in the kitchen?

I'm sure this was the couple's reasoning. I mean, they were just downstairs, not on the other side of town. And the child was asleep. BUT of course it's different! Do you have other people -- maids, bellhops, gamblers, people from all over the place -- wandering the halls of your home? They made a bad bet -- and they lost, big time. It could have been worse, though.

I don't have to go into all the things that could go wrong, do I? I mean, I could start with, "What if the boy wakes up and ..." Or I could get into, "What if someone gets into the room and ..." SOMEONE trustworthy should be in that hotel room with the kid!

But it doesn't mean you can't have any fun at all. I don't know if these two were traveling, but most hotels will hire a sitter for their guests upon request. It's probably not cheap -- but it's a whole lot less expensive than $1,000 bail!

And here's another option: Grandma. Apparently the court assigned custody of the boy to his grandmother. Who knows what their relationship is and why the couple didn't leave their son with her in the first place. But hey, apparently she's available to babysit now.

By the way, it was leaving the phone off the hook that tripped up these hapless parents. Apparently it automatically sent an alert to the casino's security, who then checked out the room. Now you know that can happen!

Would you ever leave your baby or toddler sleeping alone in a hotel room?

 

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ihear... iheartmiboys

U gotta be kidding me? That's so not cool. Me and hubby knew from day one. when we go on vacation grandma comes with us.

nonmember avatar Gretta

This is just plain stupid and selfish. What if the child woke up and was alone??? A zillion bad scenarios from injury to getting out of the room. These people are fools and I feel sorry for their kid.

nonmember avatar Kim

This doesn't surprise me at all. I happen to live by this casino and frequent it on a regular basis. It's not uncommon to see Mom and Dad playing slots at 4 AM while their baby is sleeping in the stroller. I've always said, Department of Children and Families should have a substation on the property.

What's worse is that these two are residents of Miramar, which mean they live about half an hour from the hotel/casino. This wasn't about them being out of state and not knowing anybody. It was about two egocentric parents who still want to live the fabulous life, no matter the cost to their child.

nonmember avatar Gretta

This is just plain stupid and selfish. What if the child woke up and was alone??? A zillion bad scenarios from injury to getting out of the room. These people are fools and I feel sorry for their kid.

nonmember avatar Waag

I won't even leave my 21 month old in the next room without a baby monitor on at least

early... earlybird11

Waittttt. How did someone find out. Obviously the kid did wake up and scream etc. Poor baby. :( this casino happens to be pretty family friendly so I can imagine if they were going to one of the on site eateries, why they didn't bring baby. I mean , my son has been to numerous meals there

nonmember avatar #iRiotGirl

@earlybird11, they left the phone off the hook and it alerted the hotel, who then checked to see what the problem was. I would never leave my children alone like that. Even my 6 year old son doesn't stay that far from me.

inlov... inlovewithcraig

I can understadn they wanted to go downstairs..but i mean if i cannot hear my kid then i do not go that far...i have amonitor maybe they should have invested in a good monitor that you could go far with and still be able to hear the child in case he or she woke up (or a video monitor) then they wouldnt have this case against them..at least i dont tihnk they should if they took pre cations such as monitors

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