What The Hell Is Wrong With These People?

The Laotians population consider to be small number if you compare to general population of other races demographically.  Yet! We still manage to get ourselves on the news across the U.S. and most of them aren’t so good of the news.  This morning, I came across an article about this laotian couple from Washington jailed for leaving their kids in the car, while they both went inside the casino to gamble.  WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING??? Obviously, they weren’t thinking at all.  This news got me so upset at many levels and I feel helpless for those poor kids.  How could a parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts leave their little love ones behind in the car with no adults supervision?


Washington couple jailed after leaving three children in car at Rivers Casino

By Carl Prine
Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Washington County couple are in Allegheny County Jail after being charged with leaving three children in their car while gambling at Rivers Casino.

According to court filings, security guards were alerted by an anonymous person at 3:41 p.m. Saturday that three children — a 10-month old baby girl and two boys, 3 and 10 — were alone in a gold 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan in the casino’s parking garage on the North Shore.

Surveillance footage shows Phayvonh Peaungvongpakdy, 38, left the van two hours earlier to enter the casino, while her boyfriend, Lounla Xayathep, 54, stayed with the children, court documents say. The cameras allegedly caught Xayathep leaving the automobile, which is registered to him, at 3:07 p.m. Saturday to go into the casino, leaving the children with two half-full baby bottles, a few diapers and a handful of baby wipes.

After the casino’s public address system gave the van’s description to customers, both Xayathep and Peaungvongpakdy returned to the children at 3:58 p.m., and Pittsburgh police officer Paul G. Abel Jr. arrested them without incident, according to court documents.

Xayathep and Peaungvongpakdy were each charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of leaving infants in a motor vehicle. They were arraigned at 2 a.m. today in city Night Court and are housed at the jail on $50,000 bonds. A preliminary hearing is slated for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The children were turned over the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Family Services. According to a police report, Xayathep and Peaungvongpakdy are originally from Laos and speak limited English. They told officers that they aren’t the parents of the children but rather their guardians. While they live in New Eagle, the children’s nearest relatives live in Virginia.

The couple allegedly refused to give officers the names or telephone numbers of family members.



6 thoughts on “What The Hell Is Wrong With These People?

  1. Dallas

    I am guessing the guy brought his wife/girlfriend to the casino so she can feed her addiction. The article mentions he was in the car for 2 hours with the kids. I am guessing he went inside to get his wife/girlfriend. But he didn’t realized security have been watching him the entire time. When he left the car after 2 hours sitting in there they went to inspect and found the children. Notice the time lapse. I don’t think he had intentioned of leaving the kids there and join his wife/girlfriend.
    Too bad a mistake like this will have a huge impact on them and the kids.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Regardless, whether he intended or not… He should of known better, perhaps he should use the cell phone to get a hold of her. It looks like he wants to get his gambling fix on too and maybe they have done this so many times. Just that they got caught this time.

      I just feel so sad for those kids..

  2. Nye

    I think people don’t think sometimes. We had a situation here that the mother and daughter played cards all night and the daughter dropped her mom off to have dialysis and she went back home to sleep. The daughter received a phone call shortly after she got home that her mom went into shock during treatment and passed away. Apparently with her medical condition and staying up all night her body just couldn’t take it. I think the gambling addiction is real bad around our area also.

    1. seeharhed Post author

      Gambling is one of the major problem in Laotian communities across the U.S., but it is not often being talk about.

      For example, I’ve seen parents throw their kid a birthday party but it is more like an excuse for the adult to gamble. As soon as the kid blow the birthday cake, their parents would be playing cards. Now a day the popular game is texas hold’em.

  3. Cambree

    Gambling every now and then isn’t so bad. It gets bad when you stop thinking of your family.

    I hope the children are in better hands now. I mean with their family and not the government.


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