A court has ordered that a Georgia woman must not have any contact with her three children. That’s after they were found unattended in a car at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. For three and a half hours, she was playing poker in the Florida casino early Monday on a warm summer’s night.
Icese Laporsha Simmons, 33, of Albany, Ga., now faces three counts of child neglect, WPLG, a local TV station, reported. She was arrested when she eventually came back to the car.
When she appeared in Florida’s Broward County court on Tuesday, a judge ordered Simmons not to have contact with the children, the report said. The children were placed with the Florida Department of Children and Families, the report adds.
She allegedly left the children in the car at about 1 am Monday. She returned to the car at about 4 am, police said.
The children, ages four, 10, and 12, were alone in the car. It was parked on the casino garage’s third floor.
The children were asleep in the car at about 3:30 am Monday. A passerby notified police.
The engine was not turned on, police add. Temperatures that day in Hollywood, Fla. ranged from 82 to 91 degrees, AccuWeather reported.
In April 2021, a Florida physician, Dr. Marieny Elena Guimera-Revelo, faced two charges of neglect after she allegedly left two children unsupervised in a locked car with the engine running. It was parked outside of the same casino as this week’s incident.
Prosecutors claim she was at a poker table in the casino for at least 12 minutes, and was away from the car for about an hour.
That month, Florida Judge Tabitha Blackmon ordered her to avoid contact with the kids. The children were three- and 11-years-old at the time.
It was not immediately known how the case was adjudicated in court.
Puppy Confined to Hot Car
Children are not the only ones left unattended in cars. On Wednesday on the Las Vegas Strip, a man faced an animal abuse charge after security officers at the Bellagio rescued a confined three-month-old puppy, news reports revealed.
Raul Carbajal, 50, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., allegedly left the young Siberian Husky in a sweltering Mercedes-Benz at the casino for two hours, news reports said. Its mouth was taped shut.
The temperature in the car was close to 108 degrees, KSNV, a local TV station said, based on police reports. The car was parked on the hotel-casino garage’s top floor, KLAS, another TV station, said. It was in direct sunlight, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) added.
The puppy had no food or water. The air conditioning was not turned on. The dog’s mouth was taped with black electrical tape, KSNV added.
A casino security guard was alerted to the puppy being in the car at about 3 pm Wednesday. The doors were locked and the windows rolled up, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
A security officer entered the car by climbing in via a sunroof, police said. The guard rescued the dog. Another guard gave the dog cold water to drink. They soon put it into an air-conditioned vehicle to cool off.
The puppy apparently survived the ordeal, KLAS said. It is not immediately clear if the puppy got ill from the extreme heat. The puppy was breathing heavily when it was in the car, KSNV added.
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