Father in casino suspected of leaving 2-year-old in car

A man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after allegedly leaving his 2-year-old daughter in a car for more than an hour while he was inside a casino really early Wednesday morning. 

At 1:41 a.m., on the 6000 block of Stockton Boulevard, police officers were hailed by a security guard who noticed movement in a parked vehicle in the area. Upon investigation, police found a girl, 2, unharmed, who’d apparently been left in the vehicle for more than an hour.

Her father, Joseph Paiva, 25, was found at a nearby business – the Lotus Casino – and arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment. The girl was placed into the custody of child protective services. 

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  • He probably didn’t want the baby in a bar.

  • Karen Wilkinson

    He was actually in a casino, just updated story to say so.

    • Well, they probably wouldn’t let the baby into the casino. He used his 1/2-scale wit and decided to leave the baby in the car.

      Bad parenting, to be sure.

  • You would need to be wealthy to have extra money to gamble with, I wonder why he did not hire a babysitter?

    • Ryan Schauland (f.k.a. ryuns)

      Haha. I say the same thing about people’s blinged out rides–wow, it’s a good thing they’ve got such a solid savings account, great cash flow, diversified 401k, and robust insurance that now they can go out and have a little fun!

  • Mark

    Out with his daughter at 1:41 a.m? Huh. Smart man. And the mother? Yes another fine example of god’s perfect plan of biological-only parenting. What inconveniences, these 2-year olds are to our glamorous Vegas lifestyle. She should have kept still.


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