SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Dell Rapids couple is facing abuse charges after police say the parents left their three kids outside in a car while they gambled at a Sioux Falls casino.
Police were called to Deuces Casino early Tuesday morning. A bystander reported that the parents were alternating watching their kids in the car while gambling. The bystander told police eventually the 7-year-old, 5-year-old and 8-month-old girls were left alone in the car.
Police spokesman Sam Clemens says officers found the 5-year-old girl crying and screaming while the other two kids were sleeping.
Nathan Dale Ostermeier, 29, and Betsy Rae Hansen, 26, were inside the casino gambling. Both have been charged with three counts of abuse or neglecting a minor.
Clemens says they suspect the couple had been using methamphetamine that night.