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Cops: Kid left in car while grandmother at casino

March 4, 2011 7:29:42 AM PST
A Syracuse woman is facing charges after police say she left her 6-year-old grandson in her car while she gambled at Empire City Casino in Yonkers.

Police officers responded to a report of a child left alone inside a parked vehicle around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses at the scene related that the boy was alone inside the car for at least 30 minutes.

Officers interviewed the child, who related that his grandmother, 53-year-old Rose Thigpen-Grant, told him to stay inside of the vehicle while she went inside to get something. The vehicle was not running and the temperature was noted to be approximately 20 degrees.

Police say Thigpen-Grant left the child for approximately 1 hour before she returned to the vehicle. She also ran from cops when they tried to arrest her, and she was subsequently placed into custody after resisting attempts to be handcuffed.

The boy was transported to the Youth Division and arrangements were made to place the child with a family friend. Child Protective Service personnel were notified of the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

Thigpen-Grant is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

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