Michigan Mother Allegedly Left 2 Young Children in Car While She Spent Hours Gambling

A Michigan mother appeared in court for an arraignment after allegedly leaving two children alone in a car at a parking building at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit while she gambled.

A Pontiac mother appeared in court for an arraignment after allegedly leaving two children alone in a car at a parking building at the MGM Grand Casino while she gambled. (Credit: Wayne Co. Sheriff)

A Pontiac mother appeared in court for an arraignment after allegedly leaving two children alone in a car at a parking building at the MGM Grand Casino while she gambled. (Credit: Wayne Co. Sheriff)

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged 27-year-old Clelie Faith Choute with two counts of child abuse-second degree, Detroit television station WXYZ reported.

Choute’s bond is set at $100,000.

It was on Aug. 19 just before midnight when a passerby inside the parking garage noticed two children inside a car alone and immediately notified a security officer.

There are allegations the windows on the vehicle were covered with blankets, and that the children may have been in the car for up to 12 hours.

Inside the car officers found a 2-year-old boy and 6-month-old baby girl.

The defense attorney told the judge Choute isn’t a troublemaker.

The Detroit Police Department’s child abuse unit was notified and the children were removed from the vehicle.

WXYZ reported the mother was found inside the casino and taken into custody. The children were place with their father.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for Aug. 30 and a preliminary examination for Sept. 6.