LIVERMORE (KRON) — Court documents reveal the details about the Oakland woman accused of leaving her two young daughters in a hot car while she gambled at a casino in Livermore.
Phaley Nget, 37, was arrested after leaving her children unattended in a locked vehicle in the 900 block of North Canyons Parkway in Livermore at about 6:10 p.m. on Sunday.
Police say that someone discovered Nget’s 2- and 3-year-old daughters strapped in their car seats. The witness waited near the vehicle for their mother to return.
“When they realized she wasn’t coming right back they called police,” said Livermore Police Ofc. Traci Rebiejo.
Responding officers found jackets, blankets, and a car seat blocking the side and rear windows. The windows were partially rolled down.
“One was crying, and the windows were partially down,” Rebiejo said.
Documents say that when police walked into the casino with one of the children, Nget walked directly past them and made no attempt to make contact.
Officers confronted her and Nget explained that “she was only away from the vehicle for 5 minutes and went to the Casino to use the bathroom.” She later recanted her story and told police that “she lost track of time while gambling.”
Security video shows she was at several different tables in the casino for more than 25 minutes and did not enter the bathroom, according to the documents.
“She didn’t just run into the grocery store for a gallon of milk. She was going for her pleasure and leaving her kids abandoned in the car,’ Rebiejo said.
While before a judge on Thursday, the defendant did not enter a plea but her attorney asked be released on her own recognizance since she has no criminal history and is raising two other high school age daughters.
The judge denied the request due to the seriousness of the crime, her apparent attempts to cover up what she was doing and fear she might not return to court.
The defendant remains in the Alameda County Jail in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail and is due to return to court next week to enter a plea.
Livermore police said they want to remind the public that leaving children unattended in a vehicle even for a minute is not safe.
They said the body heat regulatory systems for children are less efficient than they are for adults so children can overheat three to five time faster than adults can.
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