Gambler Abandons One-Year-Old in Car at Valley Forge Casino

Posted on: November 16, 2023, 10:34h. 

Last updated on: November 16, 2023, 10:36h.

A man was placed on a permanent exclusion list this week after he left a one-year-old alone in a locked vehicle while the adult went inside Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort
Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort, pictured above. A man at the casino left a one-year-old in a car while the adult went to gamble. (Image: Valley Forge Casino)

The unnamed man spent nine minutes at the King of Prussia, Pa. property’s sports book and at a table game, before returning to the parking lot.

While he was inside, Pennsylvania State Police broke the car’s window to rescue the baby. Upon seeing troopers, the suspect allegedly tried to flee. A search of the car turned up illegal drugs, State Police revealed.

The outside temperature that day was 84 degrees. No indication that the baby was injured.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved placing the man’s name on this list which prevents him from ever again entering casinos in the state.

Three other adults were also placed on the list. These include:

A man left two kids, ages six and eight, alone in a vehicle at Live! Casino Pittsburgh for 13 minutes. He played slot machines inside the casino before returning to the parking lot.

A woman left two children, ages 10 and 13, unattended in a vehicle in the parking garage of Live! Casino Philadelphia for 24 minutes. She too gambled at slot machines.

Another woman left a 13-year-old alone in the Sky Bridge hallway of Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino for 10 minutes. She also gambled at slots.

Further details weren’t provided in a statement released by the PGCB.

Danger for Children

It was pointed out, however, that such actions violate Pennsylvania state law.

“Adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children,” the PGCB said in a statement.

“Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.”

$45K Fines

The PGCB this week also fined regulated entities a total of $45K. These include:

  • In three separate incidents, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, was fined a total of $40K when players under the age of 21 accessed the gaming floor and gambled.
  • Lightning Gaming, Inc., a manufacturer of slot machines, was fined $5K for failing to notify the PGCB of material changes to their financial status.

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