A woman tied a toddler to railings outside Ladbrokes betting shop on a main shopping street in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, while she went inside to place a bet.
Mail online and the Mirror report of a woman, believed to be the mother, tying a young child with her training reins to railings outside a betting shop. It is said that the woman went inside to place a bet and could not take the child inside because by law you have to be 18 to enter a betting shop in the UK.
A witness said: 'I noticed the mother bending down to the bottom of the door with a cord... At first I thought the child was just caught, but then she went in and left her and I couldn't believe it. I wanted to see how long she would leave her and it was about two or three minutes.'
Office workers located opposite the betting shop kept an eye on the young toddler, took photos and videos.
The NSPCC state that as of June 2012 over 50,000 children are at risk of some form of abuse in the UK.
Childhelp reports that "Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children."