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Pa. mom admits leaving kids in car outside casino

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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A Philadelphia woman says she's attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings after leaving her two daughters alone in a car as she gambled at a suburban casino in August.

Sharon Balek told a judge she has a gambling addiction as she pleaded guilty to child endangerment Monday in Bucks County Court.

Balek admitted leaving her daughters, and 8-year-old and a teenager, in the car for about six hours as she played slot machines inside the Parx Casino in Bensalem. Police were called after the girls asked someone for a cell phone to call a family member around 1 a.m.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports Balek was sentenced to two years of probation. She is one of six people charged with similar offense outside the same casino last year.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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