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Couple left 3-year old in hotel room at Hard Rock, police say

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Slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

A gambling couple was arrested Tuesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for allegedly leaving a 3-year old locked inside of their hotel room while they roamed around the casino and gambled.

Tom Nguyen, 54, and Tin Nguyen, 37, a couple from visiting from Tampa.

They appeared in court Wednesday morning, where it was revealed that the 3-year-old was able to escape from the room and ended up locking himself out while investigators say the couple was gambling in the casino.

Nguyen and Nguyen were taken into custody by Seminole police and charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

Both were given pretrial release.

The judge ordered neither of them to have contact with the child, who is now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

There will be a dependency hearing to decide if or when they can have the child back.