NWGA Scanner | March 14th, 2022

Cedartown mother arrested after leaving infant son in vehicle while she gambled at Chattooga County gas station

According to a Chattooga County Sheriffs Office incident report, A woman is accused of leaving her 17-month-old son in the car so she could play on the gambling machines inside a Summerville gas station. At around 9:19 PM, Deputy Alan Garmany responded to Gore Food Mart after receiving a call about an unattended juvenile asleep in a unlocked vehicle. The deputy observed that the air conditioner in the vehicle was not turned on, the doors were unlocked and the baby was asleep. He located the mother, Mishaela Dawn Rayls, 31, of Cedartown playing a gambling machine inside the store. Rayls said “she had not been in the store very long.” Video footage showed Rayls had been inside the store for over 30 minutes and “never exited the store to check the welfare of her son until [police arrived].” DFACS was called to the scene. Rayls refused to provide DFACS with information about the juvenile or herself and DFACS obtained an order to remove the child from Rayls’ custody. Rayls is charged with reckless conduct causing harm to or endanger the safety of another.