Couple leaves boy in car to gamble

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KPNX) Handcuffed, in tears and in jail isn’t where 23-year-old Brad Porter Jr. thought he’d end up after going to Casino Arizona in Scottsdale on Sunday afternoon.

According to court documents, Salt River police arrested Porter and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Jessica Lopez, after the couple left Lopez’s 5-year-old son in their car while they gambled inside.

Porter admits being there for a couple of hours, but told KPNX they went to check on the little boy, who was sleeping, every 30 minutes or so.

I wasn’t trying to put him in harm’s way, if anything I was just trying to provide something for us so we would be OK for the next couple of days,” Porter said in a jail house interview at the Lower Buckeye Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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