A baby left in a car while her caregiver allegedly played pokie machines suffered dehydration, court documents show.

Ōtorohanga woman Kalota Palu, 23, appeared in the Hamilton District Court today facing a charge of ill-treatment of a child by omitting to perform a legal duty, namely protecting a child from suffering dehydration, on November 15.

Palu, a process worker, is accused of leaving a baby in her car while she played pokie machines at the Yardhouse bar in the Hamilton suburb of Nawton.

She made a brief appearance in court today where she was remanded without plea on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' prison.

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Part of Palu's bail conditions include her being banned from entering licensed premises other than supermarkets until the prosecution is completed.

She will reappear in court in two weeks.