Phaley Nget, 37, of Oakland, was arrested July 20, 2014, by Livermore police on suspicion of child endangerment after two small children were found
Phaley Nget, 37, of Oakland, was arrested July 20, 2014, by Livermore police on suspicion of child endangerment after two small children were found unattended, strapped in their car seats, in a locked vehicle in the 900 block of North Canyons Parkway in Livermore near Casino 580, where Nget was located. The children were taken into protective custody. (Livermore Police Department)

LIVERMORE -- An Oakland woman was arrested after she left her young children inside a car while she gambled at a nearby casino, authorities said.

Phaley Nget, 37, was arrested Monday after bystanders called police around 6 p.m. to report that the two children, ages 2 and 3, had been left unattended in a vehicle parked at Casino 580 in Livermore. The children were not injured.

Nget has been charged with child endangerment and was booked into Santa Rita County Jail. The children were taken into protective custody.

The National Weather Service reported that the temperature in Livermore was about 75 degrees shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

Leaving children inside cars can have deadly consequences, even on a cool day, because cars can heat up quickly, police say. Children's body heat regulatory systems are also less efficient than an adult's, causing them to overheat up to five times faster.

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