Thunder Valley Casino Gambler Allegedly Left 5-Year-Old Son In Car For Nearly 3 Hours
LINCOLN (CBS13) – An Oxnard man gambling at Thunder Valley Casino for several hours was arrested early Tuesday morning after his 5-year-old son was found wandering.
The woman who found the child told police he was barefoot, crying and yelling for his father. The boy had crossed a driveway by himself before he was found by the woman and her husband, who were returning to their car at 4:30 a.m.
Casino surveillance video showed the boy’s father, 42-year-old Don V. Vo, leaving his son behind in his car at 1:50 a.m.
Vo was gambling until 4:45 a.m., until security escorted him out for questioning by Placer County deputies.
He was arrested on a felony charge of child endangerment and was booked at Placer County Jail.
Vo’s son is with Child Protective Services.
Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this story, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office erroneously reported the child had crossed Athens Avenue, which has been corrected.
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