Police save baby from hot car outside RI casino; mother arrested

Police save baby from hot car outside RI casino; mother arrested

LINCOLN, RI (WJAR/CNN) – The mother of a 3-month-old girl was arrested for cruelty or neglect of a child after police found the baby in a hot car in a casino parking lot.

Police say 26-year-old Halston Borglund left her daughter alone inside a car, covered by a blanket in the backseat, Wednesday morning.

The driver's window was down, and the car was running, according to an officer working security at the Twin River Casino, outside of which the baby was found.

"I'm just curious why other people didn't see that. I mean, people walk by – or even the car next to them, just look," resident Janet Short said.

The baby girl was taken to the hospital, where she is listed in fair condition. She is now in the custody of authorities.

Police say Borglund told them she ran into the casino to grab her keys, but investigators later discovered she was inside for more than an hour and a half.

"It's crazy. You should never trade gambling for the life of some kids," said casino visitor John Ferreira.

Borglund has a criminal history that includes arrests for felony breaking and entering, identity fraud and felony larceny.

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