Police: Gambling mom left girl, 3, alone in motel

June 20, 2011 - 3:44 PM

FIFE, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old girl was left alone at in a Washington state motel room while her mother gambled at a casino.

Seattle television station KOMO reports that police were called to the Fife motel about 2 a.m. Monday when the manager found the girl wandering alone in the parking lot.

The mother and her boyfriend returned about 5:30 a.m. and said they had been at a casino and lost track of time, according to reports.

The mother was arrested for investigation of child abandonment and the boyfriend for investigation of drug offenses.

The child is in state care.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/