Rivers Casino bans woman for life for allegedly leaving 10-year-old in car
A Unity woman is accused of leaving her 10-year-old daughter alone inside a car in the Rivers Casino parking garage in Pittsburgh for more than six hours while she went inside to gamble.
According to state police Sgt. Gerald Pflug, authorities plan to charge Nicole Marie Inks, 36, with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.
The child was left alone in a car inside the parking garage about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Pflug said. The child called 911 about 4 a.m. Monday to say her mom had left her.
Inks told police that she initially went into the casino to buy a gift card and lost track of time. Inks was gambling when officials found her, Pflug said.
Inks also told police she had a friend with her who she thought was going to take her daughter home, but the friend left the casino and didn’t come back, Pflug said.
Pflug said the child left the casino with an aunt, but he was unsure of the child’s whereabouts Tuesday.
Jack Horner, a spokesman for the casino, issued a statement Tuesday that said Inks has been banned from the casino for life.
“We cannot stop parents from making bad choices, but we are vigilant in our efforts to prevent such incidents from occurring at Rivers,” the statement said. “Signs are posted throughout the property, stating guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter Rivers Casino. Additional signs warn against leaving unattended children. This individual has received a lifetime ban from the casino.”
Inks will be charged via summons, Pflug said.
It’s not the first time Inks has been in trouble in connection with gambling at Rivers Casino. She was arrested in January for allegedly stealing $1,346 from the Salem Township Subway restaurant where she worked on New Year’s Day and gambling away some of the stolen money at the casino.
Inks faces two felony and two misdemeanors charges in that case, which is pending.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, email@example.com or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.