Attention Parents: The LEGO Store Is Not A Day Care Center

They are not baby-sitters. (Kevin A. Hinkle)

They are not baby-sitters. (Kevin A. Hinkle)

LEGO stores are fun and amazing places for children, collectors, and for human beings in general. However, there is one thing they are not: a child care service where parents can ditch their kids while they shop. A mother from Long Island learned this earlier this week after she was arrested when she returned to the store to pick up her 7-year-old son.

LEGO stores do run some supervised classes and camps, but those are things that you have to sign up for. WCBS in New York City interviewed relatives, who said that the mother had been under the impression that store employees watched kids while they played. Maybe she meant in the sense that “watching” means caring for a child, as opposed to keeping an eye out to make sure she isn’t stuffing bricks in her pockets as she plays.

The child was left in the store for about 90 minutes. A store manager approached him, and he seemed “frightened,” so the manager summoned mall security. They in turn summoned the police, who arrested the mother when she returned to the store. She had another outstanding warrant for petit larceny.

The 7-year-old is staying with his grandparents, and a judge issued an order of protection keeping his mother away from him until after her next court date.

<a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/06/police-l-i-woman-arrested-after-son-7-left-in-store-unattended/&quot; target="_blank"Police: L.I. Woman Arrested After Son, 7, Left In Lego Store Unattended For Nearly 90 Minutes [WCBS]