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Mother, Grandmother Abandon Child to Gamble

13 October 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "A mother and a grandmother have been jointly charged with wilful neglect after a distressed six-year-old girl was found in a car outside Christchurch Casino early today.

"…Christchurch police said in a statement the women drove from North Canterbury last night, parked their car with the sleeping child in it and went to the casino.

"The girl woke between 2.30am and 3am and was extremely upset.

"…[According to Sergeant Peter Cooper,] 'The two intoxicated females were found in the casino at 3.20am. They were arrested, charged and are in custody. Other family members are looking after the child.'…"

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