OAKLAND -- An Oakland mother has been sentenced to jail time and probation for leaving her young daughters alone in a hot car while she gambled in a Livermore casino last month.
Phaley Nget, 37, accepted a deal from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Thursday and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child by endangering health in connection with the July 20 incident outside Casino 580, office spokeswoman Stephanie Chan said.
Passers-by called 911 that warm afternoon upon seeing Nget's daughters, ages 2 and 3, alone in the car. Livermore police said surveillance video shows that Nget had been gambling for about a half-hour when she spotted an officer looking for her inside the casino with one of the children in his arms. She initially told police she went inside to use the bathroom.
Leaving children in cars, even on a relatively cool day, can be fatal, experts say. Officers recorded the inside of Nget's car, with the doors open, at 81 degrees.
Alameda County Judge Christine Moruza on Thursday sentenced Nget to 120 days in county jail and three years probation. Nget was also ordered to attend 12 parenting classes. In addition, the judge issued stay-away orders to keep Nget from the two children, who were placed in protective custody. She is not allowed to gamble during her probation and has been ordered to stay away from all casinos.
As part of her negotiated plea deal, the felony child abuse charges against Nget were dismissed.
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