A father who reportedly left his two kids in his truck on Sunday while he went inside the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood is facing neglect charges.
Anthony Wells, 47, was arrested for leaving his three month and year-an-a-half old toddler in his truck.
Seminole police were sent to the casino’s garage on Winner’s Way after receiving a call that two children were inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found the children inside a white Ford F-350 on the 8th floor of the garage. The windows were barely cracked.
Police said the children, , were belted into car seats: there was no food or water within reach.
According to the police report, the temperatures were in the low 80s, but it was about to get noticeably cooler with the setting sun.
A DVD player playing a movie had been set up in the center console.
Security personnel at the casino told police the children had been alone in the truck for at least an hour, the infant screaming and crying.
Around 5 p.m., Wells came out of the garage elevators carrying food and drinks. When he saw the police by the truck he said “Those are my kids. I left them in the car while I went to go get food,” according to his arrest report.
Officers were able to determine that Wells had left his kids in the truck while he was inside the casino. Seminole police took him into custody and charged him with two counts of neglect.
The kids were taken to Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital to be checked out before they were turned over to the Child Protective Services division of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.