Fresno Parents Gamble with their Children's Lives

May 13, 2008 7:08:39 PM PDT
Investigators say surveillance video at Chukchansi Gold Casino shows 28 year old Fouchoy Saephan and 29 year old Ginnie Lee pulling into the Coarsegold casino just after 7 o'clock Monday evening.Madera County Sheriff Deputies say the couple had their 2 year old and 10 month old daughters with them.

Sheriff department spokeswoman, Erica Stuart says at 7:09 the couple parked on the second floor of the garage and video shows the mother going inside the casino. At 7:50 the father goes into the casino leaving the kids behind in the car. At 7:54 the father returns but at 8:07 he is seen going back into Chukchansi without the kids. Stuart said, "The windows were sealed shut and the doors were locked."

Sometime after that a security guard spots the kids and calls deputies who arrive at 8:54. Stuart said, "The kids were in the back seat surrounded by blankets screaming and crying and sweating profusely. Their skin was almost the color red."

One minute later at 8:55 the father comes out of the casino and is arrested by Madera County Sheriff Deputies. The children were taken into CPS custody. Investigators say the mother eventually came out of Chukchansi and was questioned. Erica Stuart said, "Her claim to deputies was that she was trying to find a relative who apparently got fired and next thing you know she's sitting down at a slot machine gambling."

The children's father Fouchoy Saephan is in jail with a 10-thousand dollar bond. But the district attorney says both parents are facing charges of willful cruelty to a child.


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