Alicia Denice Brown can forget about being nominated for “Mother Of The Year”. The 24-year-old Baltimore resident left her 4-year-old daughter in the car while she gambled at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Md., on New Year’s Eve. Security officers found the child crying in the car after conducting a patrol of the parking garage at 6:30 p.m.

According to authorities, after the security guards contacted police, they were able to determine that the child was sitting in the car for 8 hours.

Brown was arrested at the scene and charged with child abuse in the second degree, confining an unattended child under 8 years old and neglect of a minor.

The child was transferred to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center for examination. She was cold, hungry and startled, but had no significant physical injuries, doctors said.

Child Protective Services developed a safety plan for the little girl who was released to a responsible adult relative, said Smith.

“Incidents of parental neglect and lack of personal responsibility are disturbing,” Rob Norton, the casino’s president and general manager, said in a statement. “We are thankful that our security team was able to intervene and get the appropriate authorities involved and that we found the child unharmed.”

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