2 arrests after children found in cars at casino
BENSALEM, Pa. - August 1, 2011 (WPVI) -- Two people have been charged for leaving children inside hot vehicles while inside a Bucks County casino.
The most recent incident happened on Saturday afternoon. Police say 29-year-old Huntingdon Valley resident Michael Roytman left his 6-year-old daughter inside a car at Parx Casino.
According to police, two witnesses saw the small child running through the parking lot screaming "papa" several times and crying at around 1:35 pm.
They watched the child climb into a Toyota SUV and went over to the vehicle to check on the girl. They told police the vehicle was not running but the key was in the ignition and there was hot air blowing out of the vents.
Police say the temperature outside at the time was in excess of 90 degrees. Parx Casino security confirmed the girl was left in the vehicle for at least 17 minutes.
Roytman was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Reckless Endangering Another Person. He was video arraigned and sent to Bucks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 or 10 % bail.
The earlier incident happened shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th. In that incident, Parx Security was patrolling the lot when they saw three children left alone inside a running vehicle.
Police arrived to find a 1-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy secured in car seats with a 9-year-old girl in the front passenger seat.
The vehicle was running and the passenger window was down. Police say the 9 year old was crying and upset when speaking to officers.
Investigators waited and say the car's owner, 39-year-old Frances Casey of Abington, soon arrived.
She allegedly admitted she was babysitting her sister's three children and drove them to the casino to redeem a promotional voucher for free pots and pans. Police say she also admitted to playing two slot machines before returning to her vehicle.
Casey was charged with Endangering the Welfare of Children. She will appear in court at a later date.
These were the 10th and 11th incidents of children being left in cars at Parx Casino in the last 14 months.
"It's unbelievable but people are stupid and they'll continue to be stupid and, I guess, that's what keeps us all employed," said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran.
A spokesperson for Parx Casino says stopping this kind of negligence and stupidity remains a top priority and their official policy is "zero-tolerance."
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