Mother left son, 9, at McDonald’s until 11pm to gamble at a casino

Mother left son, 9, at McDonald’s until 11pm to gamble at a casino


Stacy Rupp, 35, of Peoria, Arizona, is facing a felony child abuse charge after police arrested her for leaving her nine-year-old son at a McDonald’s to gamble at a casinoAn Arizona mom is facing a felony child abuse charge after police arrested her for leaving her nine-year-old son at a McDonald’s while she allegedly went to gamble at a casino
Authorities say Stacy Rupp, 35, of Peoria, Arizona, dropped off her son at a local McDonald’s while she and a friend visited the Desert Diamond Casino in nearby Tucson, Arizona
 Rupp later told police that she let the child out of her car to walk into the restaurant alone without a cellphone or any means of contacting her in case of an emergency
A McDonald’s employee called 911 around 11pm after realizing the boy had been there alone for more than an hour, according to KPNX-TV
The child, who the employee described as ‘dirty’ and ‘disheveled,’ reportedly wasn’t upset and tried to defend his mother when police got there, but inadvertently indicated this isn’t the first time she has left him alone to enjoy a night out
‘She always comes back,’ the boy told police, according to Yahoo. Authorities say Rupp dropped off her nine-year-old at the McDonalds near 91st and Olive avenues sometime before 8
30pm Wednesday and didn’t return until around 1am Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ‘Traumatized sick children who haven’t bathed for weeks,
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Police were waiting for Rupp when she returned to the restaurant and she was arrested at around 1am
  She told the officers she’d dropped off her son to play while she went grocery shopping across the street, adding, ‘He drives me crazy and steals my money,’ according to court documents obtained by KPNX
But investigators said they obtained footage from Desert Diamond Casino surveillance cameras that captured Rupp’s image as early as 8
30pm Wednesday.Video from courtroom cameras  show Rupp crying when a local prosecutor asked the judge to order her to have no contact with her son until the trial
‘It’s going to be detrimental to my son, I think, the separation anxiety,’ Rupp told the court as she wept’I’m there every night
Every night we’re together. I do everything with my boys. He’s a mama’s boy, big time
‘The judge agreed not to make a no contact order. Rupp is due back in court on July 3

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