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.