Florida Woman Left Five Kids at Home With No Food While She Gambled

A Pompano Beach woman was arrested after she left five kids unattended without food at a home that reeked of urine and feces while she went to hit up the slots at a local casino.

The kids were between the ages of 2 and 12, according to the legal complaint filed by the Broward Sheriff's Department.

Four of the kids were hers, and one was her grandchild. Hernandez is 34 years old.

A neighbor was able to tip police when they noticed some of the kids walking around the neighborhood asking for food.


According to police, Crystal Hernandez had left the children in a home reeking of urine and feces. Police who arrived at the home say the smell of piss and shit was so overwhelming, they could hardly stand it. There was feces on top of the kitchen counter and on the floor, according to the report.

The police report also said that cops found old food in the house and that dirty clothes had been thrown about the place. Whatever good food that could be found was minimal, and the cupboards were empty.

Hernandez was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with five felony counts of child neglect without great harm.

According to police, Hernandez did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The five kids were removed from the home by BSO's Child Protective Investigations Section.

On Wednesday, Hernandez faced Judge John "Jay" Hurley, who ordered her to be held on $5,000 bond.

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