Mom Arrested, Accused Of Leaving 2 Kids In Car While She Was At Casino

Ten-year-old girl told deputies she was to watch her baby brother, 1, while her mother was inside Graton near Rohnert Park.

A San Jose woman was arrested for child endangerment Monday night after she allegedly left two children in a parked car at the Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said today.

A sheriff's deputy on patrol noticed a small child sitting in the back seat of a black Honda around 11:40 p.m., sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

The 10-year-old girl told the deputy her mother left her in the car to take care of her 1-year-old brother while she was in the casino, Focha said.

The car was parked on the upper level of the parking garage with the keys in the ignition in the "on" position, Focha said. The deputy called for casino security staff to find the mother while he watched the children.

Security arrived 20 minutes later with the mother, Maria Yadira Mondragon-Barboza, 37, of San Jose, Focha said. Mondragon-Barboza said she was going to the casino for a few minutes and didn't want to bring the children because the infant was sleeping, Focha said.

Mondragon-Barboza acknowledged it was dangerous to leave the children alone and was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor child endangerment.

The children were picked up by their aunt. Mondragon-Barboza later posted bail and is scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court on July 22, Focha said.

--Bay City News

Darris July 01, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Booking her on a misdemeanor will not keep her children from further harm. The mother should be assigned to attend a series of child development classes and community service work.
Just my opinion July 01, 2014 at 06:54 PM
She needs to be kept in jail to protect her children from further harm! You honestly think a parenting class is going to make a difference? This lady is obviously an idiot and should not have children!
Alex Horvath July 01, 2014 at 08:41 PM
A sad story all the way around. Except that the kids are now safe, and hopefully any legal consequences serves as a wakeup call for the gambling mother...
Sue Hirsch July 02, 2014 at 10:27 AM
If gambling was more important to her than the safety of her kids, than the kids are better off with someone who has their priorities straight.


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