According to the New York Daily News, a woman was arrested on Valentine’s Day after she was caught leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter in a freezing car so she could play the slots at a casino in Queens, New York.
As the story goes, 56-year-old Renee Osby tried to bring her granddaughter with her into the Resorts World Casino on Saturday morning, but was obviously turned away since she was trying to bring a minor in with her. A short while later, Osby returned to the casino, ready to gamble, and this time, without the child. Security guards at the casino remembered her face from earlier, as well as the 5-year-old child’s, and they became suspicious. So while Osby enjoyed herself in the casino, they went outside and walked through the parking lot, only to find the child sitting in Osby’s car for some time without the heat on. I can attest to the fact that it was very cold in NYC on Saturday, and according to the New York Daily News, “temperatures were hovering just below freezing.” Security called the police, and when Osby was arrested, she claimed that she had only gone into the casino to briefly cash a check. But according to police sources, she played the slots for about an hour.
She was arrested for acting in a manner injurious to a child, but because of her strong standing in her community, and the fact that the 5-year-old wasn’t actually harmed (aside from being very cold), Osby was released on bail on Sunday. However, according to The Root, the judge decided that she wouldn’t be able to see her granddaughter (it’s unclear for how long this decision will stand).
After she was arrested, the child was returned to her mother, who Osby lived with in Bushwick. Because the judge decided that Osby wouldn’t be able to see the 5-year-old, she is reportedly moving in with her brother in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn to abide by that ruling.
As for their role in this situation, the Resorts World Casino put out a statement (obtained by CBS News) expressing how proud they were of the security guards who found the child by herself, locked in that freezing car.
“Earlier today, Resorts World security observed a 5-year-old child in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot. They were able to safely remove the child from the vehicle and immediately called 911. The safety and security of everyone on Resorts World property is our number one priority.”