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Woman leaves granddaughter in unheated car to gamble at casino
SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens (PIX11) — A 56-year-old Brooklyn woman was arrested Saturday for leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter in a car with no heat so she could gamble at a casino in Queens, according to police.
At first, Renee Osby tried to bring the little girl into the Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, but she was turned away because the casino does not allow children inside, police said.
Security guards who’d seen Osby earlier with her granddaughter became suspicious when they spotted her alone inside the casino. After searching for her car, they found the girl trapped inside the unheated car around 11 a.m., while temperatures outside were just below freezing.
When Osby returned to her car about an hour later, she claimed she went inside to cash a check, but police placed her playing the slot machines.
The little girl was released to her mother Saturday afternoon, according to police. Osby was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child.