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Woman, 98, left in truck for hours as son gambled at Maryland Live, police say

New Year's Day

A 98-year-old North Carolina woman was left alone inside a truck for nearly five hours while her son patronized Maryland Live casino in Hanover on Monday, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Dwight Ridgeway McGinnis Jr., 67, of the 6100 block of Tipping Circle in Raleigh, North Carolina, faces a vulnerable adult neglect charge after police said he left his mother inside the vehicle in a parking garage between approximately 1:42 p.m. and 6:41 p.m. At the time of the report, which was made after a concerned citizen contacted police, the air temperature was 81 degrees. A window of the vehicle was partially open, and an empty soda can was the only evidence of sustenance.

Investigators said the victim is confined to a wheelchair and unable to provide basic care for herself. When initially approached by officers, she reportedly seemed confused and was not able to answer questions.

After she was provided water and became more coherent, she assisted officers in locating her son who returned to his vehicle at 7:25 p.m. when contacted on his cell phone, police said.

McGinnis was also served an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a suspended driving charge, police said.

Online court records did not list a lawyer for the suspect.

The Department of Social Services was contacted about the incident.

Earlier this year, Baltimore County mother Alicia Brown, 25, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment after she left her then 4-year-old daughter inside a car for eight hours while gambling at the casino on New Year's Eve. Two days later, Juan Carlos Calva Diaz of Columbia was arrested after police said he left his then 6-year-old grandson at a Best Buy parking lot near Maryland Live for more than an hour and a half.

nadavis@baltsun.com

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