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Fife police: Toddler left alone in motel while mother gambled

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
June 20, 2011 3:11 pm

Police say a 3-year-old girl was left alone while her mother gambled at a Fife casino.

The manager at a motel in the 3800 block of Pacific Highway East called police about 2 a.m.

“There was a 3-year-old girl who had been wandering around in the parking lot and crying for her mom,” said Fife police Lt. Tom Thompson.

A clerk who recognized the child knocked on the parents’ room and found the door open.

The 22-year-old mother and her boyfriend returned to the motel about 5:30 a.m. and told police they had lost track of time because the boyfriend won a jackpot at the casino. They said they decided to leave the child alone because she was asleep when they arrived at the motel.

The child is in state care. The mother was arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and the boyfriend was arrested for investigation of various drug charges.

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