ROSEVILLE, Calif. – A Northern California couple who left their newborn daughter in a casino parking garage while they went gambling are heading to jail.
A Placer County Superior Court judge sentenced Thuan Huy Nguyen and Panfila Phu Phan on Wednesday to 60 days. He also ordered them to attend a mandatory parenting class as part of a four-year probation sentence that could result in their regaining custody of the baby.
The couple were arrested in April after a security guard at Thunder Valley Casino found their 7-week-old infant alone in a car. Investigators determined the baby had been there for about 2½ hours.
The Rancho Cordova residents, both 27, pleaded no contest to felony child abuse charges in June.
Defense lawyer Anthony Palik says they know they made a poor decision.