LIVERMORE — A mother accused of leaving two toddlers in a car while she gambled at a San Francisco Bay Area casino is facing child endangerment charges.
Phaley Nget, 37, of Oakland was arrested Sunday after officers found the children, ages 2 and 3, alone in the car parked near Casino 580 in Livermore, Officer Traci Rebiejo said Wednesday.
The car was parked across the street from the casino at a business where one of the employees spotted the children.
"When we arrived, one of the children was crying. The windows were partially cracked," Rebiejo told KTVU-TV. "She was parked in the shade and there were blankets covering the windows."
Nget was found in the card room and arrested. Police said the children were in the car for about 30 minutes.
The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1oerJKt ) the children were spotted around 6 p.m., when the temperature was about 75 degrees. Police said leaving children inside cars can have deadly consequences, even on a cool day, because cars heat up quickly.
Nget is being held on $200,000 bail. The children were taken into protective custody.