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Parents Left Kids in Car at Casino While They Gambled: Police

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    Two young children were left in a car outside a South Florida casino while their parents gambled inside early Thursday, police say. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

    Two young children were left in a car outside a South Florida casino while their parents gambled inside early Thursday, police say.

    The children, ages four and one, were found in a car in the parking lot of the Hialeah Park Casino at 2200 E. 4th Ave., said Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby.

    The kids were spotted by casino employees in the unattended car just after midnight, Zogby said.

    Grandparents Get Custody of Kids Found in Car Outside Casino

    [MI] Grandparents Get Custody of Kids Found in Car Outside Casino
    Police are investigating after two young children were left inside a car outside a Hialeah casino while their parents were inside early Thursday. The children, ages four and one, were found in a car in the parking lot of the Hialeah Park Casino at 2200 E. 4th Avenue, said Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby. The parents, Tyrell Johnson and his girlfriend, Josephine Laidler, were both charged with child neglect, Zogby said.

    "The kids were subject to anything happening to them. They could've walked out of the car, or someone could've come in — who knows what could've happened," Zogby said.

    He said the parents had been inside gambling, possibly for over an hour, while their children sat in the car, which had the engine running and the air conditioning on.

    Kids Left in Car Outside Casino

    [MI] Kids Left in Car Outside Casino
    Police are investigating after two young children were left inside a car outside a Hialeah casino while their parents were inside early Thursday. NBC 6's Marissa Bagg reports.

    The parents, Tyrell Johnson and his girlfriend Josephine Laidler, were both charged with child neglect, Zogby said.

    Footage showed the man and woman being detained by police at the scene and the two young children playing with officers.

    Hialeah Police and the Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident.

    The children were put into the custody of their grandparents by a family court judge Thursday afternoon. If the parents bond out of jail, they are not allowed to go near the kids.

    The Hialeah casino also banned the couple for life.