Harington, DE – Troopers have arrested a Maryland man after left his child unattended in the car while he was inside the casino gambling.
Troopers responded to the Harrington Raceway and Casino located at 15 West Rider Road, Monday September 1, 2014 around 12:05 p.m. after a call was received from a manager about a child left unattended in a car parked in a handicapped parking spot with the engine still running. The casino manager was initially contacted by a patron who noticed the car running and upon looking in the window, noticed the child in a car seat behind the front passenger’s seat. Troopers were able to gain access into the vehicle, as the doors were unlocked, and remove the 14-month-old female from the automobile. She did not appear to be in distress or need medical attention.
A page was put out in the casino for the owner of the vehicle and around 1:30 p.m.,Justin K. Middleton, 26 of Preston, Maryland, responded to the car. He was taken into custody without incident and initially denied leaving the baby in the car. He later recanted his story and informed troopers he left his young daughter in the car while he was inside gambling. Middleton was transported back to Troop 3 and charged with Reckless Endangering 1st, Unattended Motor Vehicle, and Parking in a Handicapped Space. He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $2,505.00 secured bond. A no contact order was also issued with his young daughter.
The 14-month-old was turned over to a relative from the Harrington area until the mother could arrive to take custody.