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Kenyan couple arrested in US for leaving child in car as they gambled


A Kenyan couple living in the United States were last week arrested and charged for leaving their two year-old son in the car as they went to gamble in a casino.

Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, Los Angeles, were arrested by deputies after their son was found left alone in their car in the parking lot of the Lake Charles Casino according to a release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The couple was charged with child desertion and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center where their bonds were each set at Sh700,000 ($7,000).

Deputies responded to the casino at about 11:20pm on Friday, February 24, 2017, after the boy was reported to be unattended in a parked car at the casino the release said.

Deputies were able to unlocked the car and check on the boy. Casino security located the parents on the gaming floor according to the release.

When deputies spoke to the couple they admitted leaving their son sleeping in the car while they gambled.

The boy was released to the custody of another family member according to the release.

Detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino and determined that the boy was left alone in the car for more than an hour.