Central Texas Woman's "Bingo Addiction" Reason For Leaving Child Home Alone

A Waco woman says she knew it wasn't right to leave her 8-year-old son home alone, but says she had to go play bingo because she was addicted, according to an affidavit filed for an arrest warrant.

The arrest affidavit says Sylvia Costilla, 45, told Waco Police detectives she, "has a problem and is addicted to playing bingo and knew that leaving the victim at home alone wasn't the right thing to do."

Costilla was arrested on Saturday, and later posted $50,000 bond after she was charged with two counts of child abandonment, a state jail felony.

Approached by a News 10 reporter outsider her home Wednesday evening, Costilla declined to comment on her arrest.

When asked if she was holding a bingo marker and was about to go play, Costilla drove off.

Her car was later spotted at a nearby bingo hall.

The affidavit says that when police interviewed the 8-year-old, the victim told the detective, "if someone came over and if it was a bad person, then the victim would hit the person with a pan in the head and if the house caught on fire, the victim would spray it with a water hose."

The affidavit states the 8-year-old was instructed to stay home and not answer the door for anyone.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is also investigating according to the affidavit.


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