GA mother left toddler in car alone on Christmas while she played coin slots, again, deputies say

CHATTOOGA COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia mother has been arrested after deputies say she left her young child in the car while she played slot machines -- again.

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office said Mishaela Dawn Rayls, 32, of Rome, was arrested on Christmas Day outside a Food Mart on Highway 48.

A store employee told deputies that Rayls left the toddler in the car in 30-degree weather for over an hour while she played coin machines with her friend.

Rayls never left the store to check on the child.


Rayls gave deputies a false name when she was taken into custody. She’s been charged with reckless conduct and giving a false name to an officer.

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This is not the first time Rayls has been arrested for doing the same thing.

She was also arrested on Feb. 23, 2022 for leaving her infant son in a vehicle alone while she gambled at a Chattooga County gas station.