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Dad Accused of Leaving Child in Hot Car to Gamble

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for leaving children inside hot cars. A Philadelphia dad was arrested for allegedly leaving his toddler son in a parked vehicle while he went to gamble at Parx casino in Bensalem.

Police say Danny Ngo, 44, left his 18-month-old son in his Lexus Saturday night. The boy was fortunately found in time, screaming and sweating, according to police. “It could have been a fatality,” Bensalem public safety director Fred Harran told KYW Newsradio. “This was 9:30 at night, it was 88 degrees outside. The temperature in the car was much higher than that, according to the officer.”

Ngo is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child and is being held on $100,000 bail. According to surveillance video taken at the casino, Ngo was inside for about 40 minutes.

In 2011, a father was arrested at the same casino for leaving his 6-year-old in the car while he gambled. According to police, there have been several such incidents at the Bensalem Parx, prompting authorities to ramp up enforcement.

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