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LINCOLN – Police have arrested a Cumberland man they say left his daughter in the car while at Twin River.

Lincoln police officers responded to a call at Twin River Casino on Nov. 15 for a 4-year-old girl left alone in a parked vehicle in the casino parking lot. Police said the child was crying and “appeared to be frightened,” locked inside the car with the engine shut off. A Lincoln officer noted that the temperature was 46 degrees at the time.

Twin River security employees were able to open the vehicle and allow rescue personnel to check on the child. While workers were tending to the child, Twin River employees used surveillance to locate the man who had left the vehicle parked in the lot.

The man, Jose Funes, a 27-year-old Cumberland resident, was located in the casino and escorted to the security office. Funes, who appeared to be intoxicated, acknowledged that he had left his daughter in the car alone, according to police.

Funes was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln Police Department where he was later arraigned on the charge of neglect of a child. The mother of the child was contacted and responded to Twin River to take custody of her child. DCYF was later contacted and made aware of the situation.

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