Mom left kids at home while she gambled
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.