Friday, October 21, 2011

Gambling continues to bring out the best from our citizens.

Police: Child left outside while Garfield woman gambled

Thursday, October 20, 2011
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Garfield woman faces child endangerment charges and has been banned from the Rivers Casino for life after police said she left her 8-year-old daughter outside in the cold while she played blackjack.

Surveillance footage from the casino showed Tran B. Quach, 30, leaving the girl at the front entrance just before 2 p.m. Saturday and going directly to the table games, state police said. Ms. Quach could be seen about 2:30 playing blackjack with $535 worth of chips.

Police found the girl shivering, dressed in only a light jacket, short skirt and flip flops on a windy day when temperatures dipped into the 50s.

Ms. Quach told troopers she left her daughter alone for just 10 minutes while she went to get her car, which she had left at the casino the night before. The girl said she left it there because she was drunk.

Security officers banned Ms. Quach for life upon reuniting her with her daughter on Saturday, and troopers filed charges against her this morning.

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