Child Left In GameStop Leads To Neglect Arrest

Child Left In GameStop Leads To Neglect Arrest

Attention parents of the world: GameStop is not a babysitting service. That fact was made abundantly clear to 21-year-old Kethia Dagrin-Francois of Florida when police arrested her for child neglect after her five-year-old son was found wandering the parking lot of Boyton Mall.

According to authorities shoppers discovered the young boy wandering the parking lot of the Boyton Mall alone on Sunday afternoon. He was taken to the mall’s guest services counter, who attempted to contact his mother via intercom for 20 minutes before contacting the local police. Once police arrived they walked the mall with the child, searching for his mother. Returning to guest services they came across the boy’s aunt, who told police his mother had been searching for him for 15 minutes.

It had been 50 minutes since he was found in the parking lot.

Reports say the mother arrived shortly after the aunt was found, telling police she taken the boy to GameStop to play a video game while she went shopping. She told the five-year-old to not leave the store until she returned.

She told the five-year-old.

So Dagrin-Francois was arrested and charged with child neglect. She was released Monday on $US3000 bond.

You hear that sound? That’s the sound of thousands of GameStop employees cheering. During my time as an employee for the retail chain there wasn’t a day that went by when some parent didn’t let their child run rampant in the store, knocking over display games, rearranging shelves, and basically acting like a child does when their parent isn’t around.

Even worse, these parents are leaving their young children alone in a store full of strangers. Strangers that could do the child harm, sure, but also strangers that have no responsibility for their child’s safety one way or the other, so when they go wandering out into a busy mall parking lot, no one is going to stop them.

So no, GameStop is not day care. It’s not a babysitting service. It’s where gamers go to buy overpriced used games, and that’s no place for an impressionable young child to wander about on his own.

Child left alone in store while mum shops ends up wandering Boynton Mall parking lot, police say [Palm Beach Post]


  • It pains me to read about people who obviously care so little for their children.

    I’ve also noticed that 90% of the stories I hear that relate to an amazing amount of stupidity or lack of human decency seem to come out of Florida.

  • In my stint at a JB HiFi, a woman who worked in a store in the same centre would bring her kids with her on school holidays, and they would spend the day playing with our ipads. Two days of that and it was stopped quickly with threats to call the cops.

    What the f**k is wrong with people?

  • This is a REGULAR OCCURANCE at EB and other retailers here in Australia.
    After 8 years of service I could of kidnapped an army of child slaves to process the huge amount of pre-owned games sitting in the back rooms of EB.

    • Too true everyday we have parents dropping their kids off to play the demo systems, so now they are all “out of order”. We don’t get payed extra to babysit.

  • She’s clearly an idiot. She’s 21 and the child is 5 years old.

    She was 16 when she had her first child. She was still a kid herself ffs

  • Regular occurance at Gametraders as well.
    A few weeks ago on a Sunday we where closing up shop there was still a little kid about 6 years old in the store. His mother had left him in our store for 3hrs, we called secruity who arrived at around 5:15 (15 after closing). They took the kid to the centre management area.

    Just as we where leaving some lady started banging on our door demanding to know what ‘we’ had done to her child.

    I found out the next day she had told security she had actually left the shopping centre after leaving her kid in our store.

  • I’ve changed my mind, I now strongly support a push for a licensing system for aspiring parents. We need to do away with this.

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