Relatives Of Boy Left In Hot Car At Hard Rock Casino Arrested In Court

Wednesday, July 13th 2011, 5:31 pm
By: News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY -- The mother and the grandmother of a boy left inside a hot car at the Hard Rock Casino earlier this week were arrested Wednesday.

The 7-year-old boy was left inside the car with the windows rolled up while his grandmother's boyfriend went inside the casino late Monday night.

Catoosa Police arrested David Wright, 61, Monday night on complaints of child endangerment, resisting arrest and public drunk. 

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Security spotted the boy walking around the parking lot.  He told police he got hot and scared so he got out of the car.

The boy was placed in DHS custody.

On Wednesday, the Rogers County Sheriff's Office arrested the boy's mother, April Rankin, 28, and his grandmother, Rose Rankin when the pair went to court to try to get the boy back.

Deputies realized April Rankin had warrants out for her arrest so they took her into custody after she left the courtroom.

Deputies say Rose Rankin had passed April notes in court - urging her to leave because of the warrants - so they arrested Rose - on an obstruction complaint.

They were booked into the Rogers County jail.

Police believe the grandmother had custody of the boy.  He will remain in DHS custody for now.