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Kenyan Parents Charged with Desertion after Leaving Two Year-Old in Car While Gambling in Casino

A Leesville, LA, couple was arrested after they left their two year-old sleeping in their car while they gambled at a Lake Charles casino last week.

Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, were arrested by deputies after their son was found left alone in their car in the parking lot of the casino according to a release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

The couple was charged child desertion and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center where their bonds were each set at $7,000.

Deputies responded to the casino at about 11:20 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017, after the boy was reported to be unattended in a parked car at the casino the release said.

Deputies were able to unlocked the car and check on the boy and casino security located the parents on the gaming floor according to the release. 

When deputies spoke to the couple they admitted leaving their son sleeping in the car while they gambled.

The boy was released to the custody of another family member according to the release.

Detectives viewed surveillance footage at he casino and determined that the boy was left alone in the car form more than an hour.



Common sense is not common to everyone! You would think 2 heads will be better than one; poor judgement from both of them! I am certain this was not the first time. Serious child endangerment and neglect.

D.T. Piano

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 03:59

Gambling is not part of our positive traditional cultural values. We need to examine all the best attributes from our brothers and sisters around the globe and incorporate them into our cultures. However, gambling, discarding our traditional names, accepting foreign religions (Christianity & Islam), accumulating too much wealth (politicians), lying, stealing, alcoholism, raping our women, and killing our neighbors are not positive values that should be added to our slowly dying cultures.
I urge the court to return the children to their biological parents with a final warning that there will be a second chance. They will loose custody for good.

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