OKC Police: Man Left Kids In Car To Play Video Poker

Monday, February 4th 2013, 3:34 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma City Police arrested a man on three complaints of child neglect after finding three young children locked inside a van behind a business on the west side of the city.

Someone called 911 at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 3, to report three children had been left alone in a vehicle behind Big Dick's Roadhouse at W. Reno and Mustang Road. When officers arrived 45 minutes later, they found a 1 year old, 2 year old and 4 year old asleep inside the van.

The two youngest children were sitting in car seats, while the third child was secured to a back seat by a cloth tied to a seat belt. A window was partially open, which concerned officers because it was cool 56 degrees outside.

Officers banged on the back door of the business, but did not get a response. They walked to the front and entered the building. They found the children's father, 30-year-old Andrew Dean Rasdall, playing video poker.

An employee said Rasdall worked at the roadhouse and had come in to do some paperwork, while co-workers kept an eye on his children outside. In a police report, officers noted no one had come outside to check on the children in the several minutes they were there.

Police obtained the key to the van from Rasdall and unlocked the vehicle. The kids appeared to be unharmed. Officers called the children's mother, who is estranged from Rasdall, to pick up the kids.

Police then arrested Rasdall and booked him into the Oklahoma County jail.