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Lincoln, Calif.- Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man early Tuesday morning for leaving his 5-year-old son in his car for more than three hours while he gambled at the Thunder Valley Casino. 

Don V. Vo, 42, of Oxnard, was booked at the Placer County Jail on a felony count of child endangerment.

The barefoot boy was found by a woman and her husband who were returning to their car at 4:30 a.m. The woman said the boy was crying and scared, yelling for his father. The child had crossed a driveway by himself before being found.

Video from the casino showed that Vo exited his car at 1:50 a.m., leaving the child behind. He gambled until security officers located him in the casino at 4:45 a.m. He was taken to the security office, where he was interviewed by deputies. The child was released to Child Protective Services.

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