Mom left kids at home while she gam­bled

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

A Day­ton mother was ar­rested after she left her two chil­dren, ages 2 and 8, home alone while she gam­bled at the ra­cino on Need­more Road, ac­cord­ing to a Day­ton po­lice re­port.

Rahshena Smith, 29, was booked into jail on sus­pi­cion of three counts of child en­dan­ger­ing.

Po­lice re­sponded to Smith’s home in the 3000 block of West Riverview Av­enue early Tues­day morn­ing after re­ceiv­ing a neigh­bor’s com­plaint that the mother left the chil­dren alone, the re­port said.

Of­fi­cers found Smith at the ra­cino with a few friends play­ing slot ma­chines and when ques­tioned about leav­ing her chil­dren home alone, Smith con­fessed, the re­port said.

Smith told po­lice the chil­dren were fine and they were sleep­ing on the couch when she left, the re­port said.

When of­fi­cers found the chil­dren, the house was dirty and the oven was left on with the door open and the tem­per­a­ture was set to high, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Mont­gomery County Chil­dren Ser­vices took cus­tody of Smith’s three chil­dren, in­clud­ing an older daugh­ter who had run away two or three weeks ago and was not re­ported miss­ing, the re­port read.

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