A South Shore man has been charged with neglect for allegedly leaving his elderly, wheelchair-bound mother inside a Gary casino for nearly four hours while he went to gamble, Indiana prosecutors said Tuesday.

Andrew Hawkins Jr., of the 7200 block of South Bennett, left his 82-year-old mother, whose name has not been released, sitting by herself in the pavilion of the Majestic Star Casino last Wednesday, an affidavit released by the Lake County (Ind.) prosecutor's office said
A casino representative who first reported seeing the elderly woman at 7:10 a.m. said Hawkins told her earlier that he and his mother were waiting for a bus.

When she saw the woman still sitting in the pavilion at 10:40 a.m., the representative tried paging Hawkins several times but was unable to locate him.


Hawkins' mother was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago after she complained of pain in her knee and hip resulting from an earlier fall inside the home she shares with her son.

The woman, diagnosed with a compound hip fracture, told Indiana State Police that Hawkins did not take her to the doctor after she fell, the affidavit said.

Hawkins, who could not be reached for comment, was later found on the casino floor. He was freed on $10,000 bond.

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