Mom accused of leaving kids in car ordered held

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Updated: 7/24/2014 10:51 pm

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — A mother charged with leaving two toddlers in a car while she gambled at a Northern California casino has been ordered held by a judge who deemed her a flight risk.

Phaley Nget of Oakland didn't enter a plea on misdemeanor child endangerment charges at her arraignment Thursday.

The Contra Costa Times reports a public defender asked the judge to release Nget because she has other children to look after, but the judge ordered her held on $100,000 bail.

Court papers show that after officers rescued the children, ages 2 and 3, and found Nget she told them she was away from the vehicle for five minutes to use the casino's bathroom. However, surveillance video showed she was gambling for 26 minutes.

The children were taken into protective custody.

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