PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- A mother has been arrested after police say she left her 9-year-old child at a Peoria McDonald's to go to Desert Diamond Casino. 

The incident occurred late Wednesday night at the McDonald's near 91st and Olive avenues.

[WATCH: Neighbors not surprised woman is accused of leaving son at McDonald's alone]

According to Peoria police, they responded to a call after a 9-year-old child was left unattended at the McDonald's for about an hour.

According to court documents, the child told officers that his mother, later identified as Stacy Rupp, 34, told him that "she was going to the casino and to a friends house." 

[WATCH: Rupp broke down during her initial court appearance]

An employee told officers that the child "looked dirty and was disheveled."

When officers arrived to the scene, Rupp returned to the McDonald's to pickup her son.

Rupp told officers that she was shopping at the nearby Fry's Marketplace located in the same shopping center.

She added that she dropped her child at the McDonald's "so he could play in the playplace."

Police say Rupp did not enter the McDonald's and had the victim go inside unsupervised.

Rupp "did not provide a cell phone or any type of means of communication to the victim for him to get in contact of her in case of an emergency," according to court documents. 

While talking with her about her son, Rupp said that "he drives me crazy and steals my money." 

When officers asked if Rupp purchased any items from Fry's, she showed the officers her shopping bag. Officers noticed that the eggs were not "cool or cold," which they said she was contradicting her story of recently shopping.

Police say Rupp initially denied going to the Desert Diamond Casino, but later admitted to going.

Police found surveillance video of Rupp walking into the casino between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. 

Rupp was later arrested and charged with a count of child abuse and one count of endangering life and health of a minor. 

Rupp made her first court appearance Friday. In the video, Rupp breaks down in tears and begged the judge to allow her to see her son while waiting for her next court date. 

"He's mama's boy," Rupp said in the court video. "I'm not away from him."

"It's gonna be detrimental, I think, to my son -- you know, the separation anxiety ...," she continued tearfully. "I'm there every night. Every night, we're together."

"At this time, I am not going to order that you have no contact," the judge said. "That's not going to be part of your release conditions."

Rupp was released on her own recognizance and it due back in court next month.

 


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Ladyluck

I believe this person lives near me. The kid is always running around outside alone, has been for years. He has been seen riding his bike in his undies. Flips people off driving down the road. Parents are never anywhere to be seen. There's also a guy passed out in his car in the mornings all the time out front. It's sad to see for the kid.

Swiss_cheese

The millennials are useless & danger for the whole Humanity [beam]

spinnster

Is it or is it not illegal to leave children alone for any time in any circumstances? Answer: There is no defined or specific age in Arizona law. DCS would assess the situation, the length of time alone, the child’s maturity to handle the situation and whether it presented a danger to the child’s safety.

Marley

Would love to chat some more with some of you upstanding citizens, but right now, gotta drop the kids off at the truck stop cuz I'm going to the bar all night, woohoo, party time!!!

Wearenotperfect

Have fun! And don't worry, people at truck stops for the most part could care less about other peoples problems or way of life so your kiddos should be just fine. Heck, if you would have been halfway nice to me throughout our conversation I might of offered to watch them for you for a little while to give you a break after a long day of commenting but I'll pass, you burned that bridge with your preaching of a utopian world we should all live in!

Marley

LMAO, your offer for childcare would be on my short list a few down from Jeffrey Dahmer, too bad he's dead, though. Will keep looking, hear there's a nice parking lot at the strip club on Van Buren.

Wearenotperfect

You are pretty funny. You know what else is funny, I can guarantee you with 110% certainty that I am a way better parent than you are. Soak on that thought for a minute and really think about how many times a day you knowing or unknowingly put your children in danger. Hypocrite!

Marley

110% certain if you see nothing wrong/immoral with dumping off a 9 year old alone at McDonalds so 'mom' can hit the casino, your delusion of being a better parent is laughable at best.

redboyds

At least she gave him a ride, when I was 10 it was either walk or ride my bike, Just be home when the Sun goes down.

Marley

and the cops gave her a ride, wonder why? We also used to put asbestos and lead paint in our homes until years later, we discovered it was killing us, so what exactly is your point?

Wearenotperfect

Oh come on already! I don't disagree with you to a point but you're missing the point some of us are making. Was she wrong leaving the child alone? Maybe. Depends on who you ask. Was the child mistreated? Maybe. Depends on who you ask and their perception of mistreatment. The point is, we don't know at this point what the circumstances of this family are and why it is just now grabbing everyone's attention. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and Mr. Ronald McDonald looks like it was doing an OK job up until some entitled privileged well off individual with a perfect life decided it was not up to their standards!

JustinP

Some good points but ....... it's not like she was doing something admirably while gone.

Marley

Ronald McDonald was doing a good job? Are you kidding me? Who in their right mind decides that a fast food restaurant should be responsible for providing child care to a 9 year old unaccompanied child? Do you not understand why we have child endangerment and child neglect laws on the books? It's because of dummies that don't have two cents worth of common sense. You're fighting a losing battle, she broke the law(s) will be tried in a court of law and so on. There is no gray area. Why don't we just get rid of those pesky statutory rape charges so adults can have sex with minors? Exact same reason, because if we don't put specific age limits on it, someone will say 17 is ok, 16 is ok, and so on. Might as well get used to all the laws, they are forced to be written because of the few people that have no morals and common sense.

redboyds

Point; I made it, I'm still here and nobody ever needed to be arrested because of it. Whatever mom and dad did between sun up and sun down? I always had a hot meal come dinner time. Hey maybe we can turn this around and blame the COPS Even though you can't see your 3 foot child that is right in front of walk out of a Dollar Store carrying a box the same size of her you know wasn't paid but you lie, deny and act like your innocent and then run your mouth while ignoring police commands.. p.s You forgot Mercury?

Wearenotperfect

Exactly!

ObeyLaws

Justin Picposting - What could she have been doing that, in your opinion, would be considered "admirable" that would justify this? In my opinion, had she been going to get an abortion that would be considered "admirable." I hope you can grasp my point...

JustinP

Working..... let's say there was no one to watch her kid. dropping off at McD is an (yes, I agree bad) alternative, but at least it is not self serving (ergo, kind of admirable). Casino playing is self serving and clearly not admirable. And, one of the points the OP made was that the child probably was not mistreated at McD (at home is a different story). Sure, the potential for mistreating is there.... Anyway, I could use the 'when I grew up' stories, or I could use the 'in certain Asian countries, leaving a 9 yr old alone is accepted and nothing ill would happen to them'. But we have crime problems in the US that people aren't willing to deal with. (A whole different post could happen on that - but quick justice which includes death for certain crimes has a tendency to stop those types of crimes.... and yes, I have lived in other countries and visited many others so I do not ramble, but just observe what I saw).

Coolmatt123

CASINOS HAVE BLACKJACK. DESERT DIAMOND IS NOT TECHNICALLY A CASINO YET. COME ON EDITORS

ObeyLaws

Justin Picposting - Yep, you missed my point (and yes, you're rambling pointlessly.) My point is - who are you to make a judgment that gambling is "clearly not admirable?" Gambling is a multi-billion dollar legitimate entertainment industry in this country. It may not be your thing, but that does not make it "clearly not admirable." As for how she treats her kid, I could not care any less.

JustinP

Not taking care of her kid TO GAMBLE is the issue. Gambling in and of itself is a different story. You can gamble because you are addicted, or you can gamble as entertainment. The odds are you will lose when gambling (else casino out of business) so that is not an option (i.e., it is not working). As for it being my 'thing' or not, I think you have me confused with someone else. I have done it for entertainment several times in the past and may do so in the future. Gambling does have it's own issues but the article, nor my posts were about gambling. Plug in 'dancing at a nightclub with friends' instead and the answer is the same. You have a responsibility once you have a kid. 1) you can keep or give up. 2) if keeping, then you need to provide them with certain things (food, shelter, etc.).... do I need to go on? So, work would be in that process. Going and goofing off doing your own pleasure thing is NOT in that process. Thus, if you have a kid and can't find a sitter, you should just be patient..... in 18 years it will be over. That said, your statement "As for how she treats her kid, I could not care any less" says it all from your side. No comment from me needed.

LovesNatch

At least let us know how she did on the slots

Marley

Scary that there's actually people on here that condone what this 'parent' did. If it was acceptable to do it, why are we seeing mugshots, arrest reports, court appearances, etc.? Once again, just like in other recent news, a few oddballs think they have some entitlement to pick and choose what laws they feel like following on any given day. Didn't their parents teach them any morals and right from wrong?These people are the reasons the laws had to be enacted in the 1st place because they are too stupid to figure them out on their own.

Tacoburger

Go to bed, Marley.

Tony

Does marley ever shut up?

MyOwnMind

I suppose your lying azz strictly drives the speed limit.

Wearenotperfect

I heard the saying in the movie once, " Lieutenant Kendrick, is Private Dawson capable of making his own decisions. Is Private Dawson capable of determining which laws he's going to follow and which laws, are say, morally questionable? Marley sounds a lot like Lieutenant Kendrick!

Marley

Believe it or not, some people AREN'T capable of following the laws. Then they get arrested/charged with the crime. This woman broke the law and therefore is being charged. Don't like it, too bad, that is called a democracy and people fight and die to protect it.

Wearenotperfect

Again, you missed the entire point. That's ok, we'll keep helping you along 'til you get it.

afden

Perfect example of why some people shouldn't be having kids.

dcaz

afden, totally agree with you. It's such a shame when there are so many who want kids and can't have them.

Robs

Must have been have been the paint fumes[scared]

ObeyLaws

White women.....

JF Conlon

Got time for a question? Snowflake? On this site it seems to mean a whiney liberal, as in 'everyone is different & therefore, special'. In other words, entitled. But I've also heard it in reference to trump-like people. as in 'I have more money than you do, therefore I am special'. Entitled. again. I know this has nothing to do with this news item, but I don't want to get caught up in a name-calling contest. Thanks.

MyOwnMind

Then go play on the freeway.

Marley

of which you would surely allow your kids to do, or join street gangs, deal drugs, rob people, etc. since you would have no idea where they are and wouldn't care, loser.

Wearenotperfect

You got that right! Go to see you people are coming around to reality. Good job!

Tacoburger

Oh the humanity! How is this any different than letting your kid walk to Mcdonalds? I bet that's against the law now, too.

Marley

Nine years old! We're not talking about a teenager. Illegal to leave a nine year old home alone, as well. Maybe 50 years ago, but certainly not in this day and age. The child also appeared to be in rough shape, normally a clear sign of neglect/abuse. At last check, McDonald's is in the business of selling food, not a child care provider!!!

Wearenotperfect

"Maybe 50 years ago"? Is that when America used to be great? America seems to have been raising a bunch of hypocrites for quite some time now. Why was it OK 50 years ago but not OK now, please explain in a way that is not intrusive on how a parent chooses to raise their offspring?

Marley

I'll type slowly so you can keep up, ok? As society changes/advances, so does the need for adapting to it. Years ago, people didn't have to lock doors in most cases, didn't have to worry about identity theft, didn't have to worry about terrorism of current day levels, could drink and drive, could use lead based paints, could use asbestos. Anyone with half a brain can see that over time, most, if not all these practices are obsolete. With the number of pedophiles, molesters, dope addicts and crazy people in general roaming the streets, we now have child endangerment laws in place to protect children from being vulnerable. It is only intrusive to parents (actually egg/sperm donors) that have zero common sense in protecting small children. We're talking about an unaccompanied 9 year old, not a group of teenagers.

MyOwnMind

It is? Show me the law that says it is illegal.

Marley

You're probably too stupid to read it if I did, why are you seeing the story of her arrest if it wasn't illegal, Einstein?

JoeMosely

My father was this age when his parents gave him $5 and dropped him off at the World's Fair for the day. True story.

Marley

World's Fair, seriously? Newsflash....this isn't Mayberry RFD anymore. Do you think for a iota of a second, the crime rate was a fraction back then of what it is today? Was totally legal to drink and drive, have segregation, not allow women to vote, have children working in coal mines and so on! Welcome to the 21st century, by the way!

Tacoburger

Look at what they put this woman through. What an asinine charade. The charges will most likely be dropped in the end.

Ohyeah

Actually crime rate is lower today.

MyOwnMind

go outside and melt snowflake.

Marley

Ohyeah, That is due to the vast decline of 'freeroaming' parenting of yesteryear. Parents have become more protective of their children from previous decades/prior generation(s) and while I stand corrected on higher crime rates, a direct result of the shift away from freeroaming, is higher child mortality rates nowadays based on less odds of kids being hit on bikes, hit by cars, kidnapping/assaults, and so on. Once we start to let kids freeroam at the rates of days gone by, these numbers will start to rise.

dcaz

so what has that to do with this situation? After all, this is 2019.

Tacoburger

2019. Where everyone is afraid of everything!

Marley

What they put this woman through, are you kidding me? She's lucky the child wasn't harmed! What sane person does this? Chances are, you don't have children but if you do, you shouldn't!

Tacoburger

By who? The Hamburglar? Chances are...you're a bit of a drama queen.

Marley

You probably would leave your kid/pet in the car while you went into a bar for a few drinks, wouldn't you? Some people have no morals or a nickel's worth of common sense. As a parent, your number one priority in life is to protect your children, not leave a nine year old child alone in a public place where they could be molested/kidnapped/murdered. It happens every day and you're willing to take that chance? You're sick and need help. No drama, facts!

Tuishimi

...Hamburglar! Funny! On the other hand, you never know who is in those suits. :0

MyOwnMind

Hey Scrooge - your child has a much greater chance of being molested by you than a stranger. I bet you're one of those that are protecting the priests and condoning their molestation by continuing to support them.

Wearenotperfect

Relax already! No harm no foul. If for some reason a white individual would have caused harm to the child then we'll deal with it then. People like yourself need to stop crucifying other for actions that haven't occurred yet!

Marley

So, according to your 'logic' if an adult leaves a child in a hot car and the kid doesn't die, no harm/no foul? STFU with that B.S. Your comment validates your total ignorance and further justifies the laws put into place to protect children that are unable to protect themselves. No harm/no foul? WTF? and if something did happen to the child, then what? If it wasn't illegal then you're ok with dropping off your 4 year old alone somewhere along Van Buren for a few hours? LMFAO. Not sure what 3rd world sh*thole you're from but race has zero to do with it, just further proof of your non-sensical babbling.

MyOwnMind

How you know she is guilty? Even the surveillance system can't be sure of her arrival.

Marley

Here in America, unlike where you're from, a judge/jury will decide upon guilt. Apparently d*ickweed, the cops had sufficient evidence after their investigation to arrest and charge her.

dcaz

Tacoburger... look up the word "ignorant". Have you ever heard the saying that its not apples to apples? You need some education.

Marley

Chances are tacoburger is from a 3rd world sh*thole where this is common and accepted behavior. Here in the U.S., it's called child endangerment among other charges. Guaranteed if he has kids, they are left home alone or running the streets getting into trouble. Great parenting!

Tacoburger

Do you take anything for your blood pressure?

Marley

Blood pressure is excellent, do you take anything for your mental illness?

MyOwnMind

Well that would be the USA then. Catholics and Boy Scouts have been proudly molesting children since 1954.

Marley

So what you're telling us is you're a Catholic Boy Scout? All the more reason for parents to supervise their kids in your 'hood.

Wearenotperfect

God d@mn Marley relax! Sh*thole countries? Really! You Drumpf supporters sure love taking screws to the wood. I believe we live in the greatest country on earth but get over yourself, walk outside and look around. Do you see what I see? Not a total sh*thole but pretty close wouldn't you agree, all because of individuals like yourself that continue to smother and suffocate the rest of us with more laws to the point that an individual snaps and then you ask that same old stupid question, "Why did this happen?"

Marley

1st off, Trump's a clown, not that that or politics has anything to do with child endangerment and a lame deflection on your behalf, secondly, I didn't write the laws that apparently are suffocating you. Pray tell, which laws do you feel you have the right to decide to follow or not? One either contributes to society or they don't. They're not trying to execute a jaywalker for Godssake, they have the legal responsibility to protect a child if the parent can't, pretty basic stuff. Too bad we have so many immoral/uneducated people in the world where we have to enact laws. On the otherhand, we can all just jump into our cars, drink, get high, drive wrong way and kill each other, why should anybody tell us we can't. End of story, later.

afden

And then Marley uses terms like Sh*thole, d*ckweed, WTF, LMFAO, and other wonderful expressions while talking about protecting children. Great parenting!

Marley

afden, You're correlating exchanges on here to good parenting? Apples to oranges. Time and place for everything, perfectly fine to tell a dirty joke amongst adult friends, not in church. And yes, I have no problem using those names for anyone that condones her dumping a child off, then being rude/insulting in their replies back. Have a wonderful day!

Robs

A Dizzy Lizzy coming to a truck stop near you today [scared]

JustSaying

PLEASE give this little guy a fighting chance and find him a safe home, with someone who cares about him. He deserves better than this.

Marley

34? You must mean 54! Hope they remove any children from her custody (and pets, too.)

MyOwnMind

aint you smart.

Marley

Go kill your children, nutjob, none of us care. More than likely they're tards like you.

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