Woman arrested for allegedly leaving children in car to gamble

CALIFORNIA – A California mother is facing charges after being accused of leaving her two children in the car as she went gambling.

This is the face of a three-year old child peering out of the back window of a Honda Accord.

His 2-year-old sister also strapped into the car seat inside.

The doors locked, the windows cracked and covered. But why?

“We’re not sure.  Maybe she was trying to conceal the kids in the car so no one else could see there was children in the car, or maybe she was trying to keep some of the heat out of the car.”

The man who called 911 provided us with these picture of police and fire arriving Monday around 6 p.m. to find crying children.

Livermore police provided us with this picture of 37-year-old Phaley Nget of Oakland – the mother, who police say left her kids in that car while she gambled at Casino 580 across the street.

“Typical call that we get is that somebody has run into the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk.  This is not the case.  She’s doing this for her pleasure, going and gambling, and leaving her two small kids that can’t fend for themselves in a potentially hot box.”

Police say the children had only been in the car for 35 minutes.

The temperature in the car had risen to 81 degrees.

Witnesses say police found the mother in the cardroom.

“The employees were actually in tears that night…and some of them had a hard time getting through their shift just at the thought that there would be children left out there by a parent.”

The children were ok and taken into child protective custody.

The mother is facing child endangerment charges.