Prosecutors: Woman Left 3 kids Alone in Car for Hours While She Played Poker in Casino

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Nagesh Rath
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A 33-year-old Albany, Georgia woman left her kids in a parked car while she played poker inside the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida Monday night, according to prosecutors.


Icese Laporsha Simmons has been charged with child neglect.

She appeared in a Broward courthouse on Tuesday.

According to reports, Seminole tribal police officers were dispatched to the third floor of the Lucky Street parking garage just before 3:30 a.m. after being advised there were three children sleeping in a car that was not running.  The children were later determined to be aged 4, 10 and 12.

Simmons was arrested a half hour later after returning to the car shortly after 4 am.

Prosecutors claim that Simmons was playing poker at the casino for roughly three-and-a-half hours.

The children are now under the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to the arrest report.

- Nagesh Rath,