January 3, 2006

Parents leave kids home alone to gamble in Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California couple left their 5-
and 9-year-old children home alone for the weekend while they
went to gamble in Las Vegas.

Police said the parents could be charged with child neglect
but have not been able to interview the couple in person
because bad weather was delaying their return from Las Vegas
until Wednesday.

The couple went to Las Vegas on Friday, leaving the
children cereal to eat and the father's cell phone number to
call in an emergency.

Their apparent hope that, in the words of the city's
tourism advertisements, what happens in Las Vegas should stay
in Las Vegas went awry when one of their mothers called their
home on New Year's Eve and became concerned that no adult was
present, said Brian Kilinowski, investigation supervisor for
the San Ramon police south of San Francisco.

The children, who ate cereal for breakfast and frozen foods
heated in a microwave for other meals, were unharmed.