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Dad leaves toddler in car to go gamble

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family River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A 29-year-old man is facing charges for leaving his 2-year-old son in a car parked at Madison's Ho-Chunk Casino while he went in to gamble.

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A security officer called police to say the toddler was in a car alone the morning of June 1, with a window open. According to police, the man claimed he was homeless, and he was gambling to make money so he and his child could eat.

Police said the boy appeared to be healthy, and a relative picked him up while the man was being hauled to jail. The man faces possible charges of child neglect and obstructing officers. He's also being held on a parole violation.

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