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.


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

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