Parents abandon daughters in car for more than an hour to gamble at Resorts World Casino in Queens: cops
Segundo Japa, 34, was arrested with his wife after casino security found the couple's children, ages 6 and 8, abandoned in an SUV.
Talk about a losing streak.
The casino-crazed parents of two young Brooklyn girls abandoned their children in their SUV for more than an hour to go gambling, police said Saturday.
Maria Loja and Segundo Japa left their daughters, ages 6 and 8, in their vehicle outside Resorts World Casino while they gambled inside on Friday night, cops said.
Security guards at the casino discovered the deserted daughters shortly before midnight and notified cops, who questioned the girls and let them out of the car, officials said.
Cops later found Loja, 33, and Japa, 34, gambling inside and arrested them, officials said.
They were hit with two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a minor.
Both Loja and Japa were released on their own recognizance after a brief Queens Criminal Court arraignment Saturday night.
Loja was in tears when she was led into the courtroom. The judge issued an order of protection for the couple to stay away from their kids. Neighbors of the Bushwick family were alarmed at the couple’s heartless act.
“I’m shocked,” said neighbor Jose Cardona, 65. “I’ve never seen them leave their kids alone. The kids don’t even go on the street.”