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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

And our Fake-Conservative Governor has supported expanded gambling.

Police: 10-year-old left at MOA while mom went to casino

Associated Press

Bloomington police were investigating a mother who allegedly left her 10-year-old son at the Mall of America while she went to a casino.

The boy was found wandering the mall unattended around 7:30 p.m. Friday. He had a wristband for unlimited rides at the mall's theme park, but said he hadn't eaten and didn't have any money.

Police Commander Jim Ryan said on Tuesday that after dropping the boy off at the mall, the mother took a noon shuttle bus to Mystic Lake casino in Prior Lake.

Ryan says the 41-year-old woman was paged at the casino, and when she was reached around 9:30 p.m., she said she didn't have a ride — and the next shuttle wasn't due until midnight.

Police took custody of the boy, who's now being cared for in a Minneapolis group home.

His mother could face possible child-endangerment charges, a gross misdemeanor.

Gambling has a corrosive impact on society and families. I am always intrigued when supposedly 'conservative' politicians wink and nod at the gambling industry as a potential revenue source.