Cops: Caretaker Leaves 95-Year-Old Dementia Patient In Car To Gamble

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File photo of slot machines in a casino. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of slot machines in a casino. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)


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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Local authorities are investigating a caretaker who allegedly went gambling while leaving her elderly dementia patient in the car for over an hour.

According to The Palm Beat Post, 53-year-old Mary Holly of Boca Raton left 95-year-old Belle Sapstein sitting alone in her car while trying out the games at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

Holly told police, who responded to calls on the matter on Sunday, that she thought it would be alright to leave Sapstein in the car. She was arrested and reportedly charged with one count of neglect of an elderly person.

In addition to the charges filed against Holly for her negligence with Sapstein, she allegedly also has active warrants out for exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft in Palm Beach County. These charges are unrelated to the Sunday incident.

After being taken to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, it was determined that Sapstein was not hurt. She is reportedly still listed as a patient there as of Monday afternoon, however.

Holly was held on a $6,000 bond, barred from further caring for patients until her criminal cases are resolved, and specifically banned from reaching out to Sapstein.

Police declined to comment further to CBS Tampa as the investigation is ongoing.

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