An Eden Prairie, Minnesota, father left his 17-month-old son in a car while he gambled at a casino.
On Nov. 21, Nicholas Anderson, 29, left his infant son in a car in the parking lot of Mystic Lake Casino while the outside temperature was below freezing, KARE 11 reported.
“When the officers got called it was 25 degrees out,” Prior Lake Police Chief Mark Elliott said, according to FOX 9.
A passerby heard the child crying in the car and told casino security.
Officers determined that the boy was in the locked car without the engine running for at least two hours.
He was in a car seat, wearing a onesie, and covered in a blanket.
“It doesn’t take long for hypothermia to set in after that,” police said, reported FOX 9.
Anderson reportedly told police that “nothing good” could happen to a baby unattended in a cold vehicle, according to KARE 11.
Anderson’s wife did not know he was at the casino. He has reportedly struggled with gambling since being discharged from the military, according to FOX 9.
Under Minnesota law, a young child may be left unattended in a vehicle, FOX 9 reported. Police ultimately decide if the child left alone is in danger.
In Anderson’s case, police found the child was in harm's way and charged him with child endangerment. If convicted, he could serve up to one year in jail and have to pay a $3,000 fine, according to KARE 11.
Anderson has been banned from Mystic Lake Casino for life, reported FOX 9.