The mother of a 4-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday night and charged with leaving the child in a car for more than eight hours in the parking garage of the Maryland Live casino in Hanover, Anne Arundel County police said.
The girl was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie and found to be in good health, although cold and hungry, police said. She was turned over to Child Protective Services and later was released to a relative, police said.
Alicia Denice Brown, 24, of the 2100 block of Chelsea Terrace, in northwest Baltimore, was charged with child abuse, leaving a confined and unattended child under the age of 8 and neglect of a minor. Court records show that Brown was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Authorities said a casino security guard patrolling the garage, at the Arundel Mills mall, found the girl crying in a car about 6:30 p.m. The car was parked on the fourth level of the garage, in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle. Police said that surveillance video showed the car arriving about 10 a.m. and that a “female exited the vehicle and entered the casino area.”
Police said paramedics were called to check on the girl because of the cold and her “obvious distress.” Police said the mother showed up at the car just before the ambulance left for the hospital.