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Ex-babysitter sentenced to probation

An intoxicated, 43-year-old baby sitter, who left her 2-year-old charge strapped in a stroller on the ninth floor of a Stateline casino, was ordered Tuesday to perform 200 hours of community service and forbidden to care for children.

District Judge Tod Young placed Kimberly Sue Hahn of South Lake Tahoe on three years probation. He forbid her from consuming alcohol or drugs which are not prescribed and ordered her to get help.

“You got drunk and left a baby,” Young told Hahn, who cried during most of the sentencing. “Get whatever treatment you need to keep sober.”

She pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

Despite a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for burglary and drunk driving and an arrest for assault with a deadly weapon, Hahn was hired as a babysitter for a couple staying at Harvey’s hotel casino in June 22, 2012.

According to reports, the 2-year-old girl was found in her stroller crying in the hallway on the ninth floor of Harvey’s hotel casino.

Patrons had contacted security about 9:30 p.m. after they found the child unattended. She had soiled her diaper and clothing. Hahn’s purse and photo ID reportedly were hanging from the stroller.

The casino sent an employee to stay with the child while deputies and security personnel attempted to find Hahn or the child’s parents. Hahn reportedly showed up at the front desk looking for the little girl. She was slurring her words and stumbling.

She was unable to provide authorities with information about the child’s parents. Hahn later said she was the family’s regular babysitter and had left the child to find a diaper. Authorities determined the little girl was alone for at least 15 minutes.

Hahn was intoxicated and reportedly had six prescription bottles in her purse and bottles of alcohol.

Security located the parents who said they had hired Hahn in the past and never had problems.

Hahn was released in October from El Dorado County Jail where she served a year for a burglary conviction.

Young sentenced her to a year in Douglas County Jail, suspended.

“It you violate like every other probation you’ve ever had, you need to know you will come back and see me,” Young said. “You need to make better decisions.”

Hahn’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said she started drinking because the casino atmosphere made her nervous because she was around alcohol.

“It was a mistake to take the job and she knew it,” Lopez said. “She had baby sat for this couple once before, but not at a casino. She also knows she shouldn’t baby sit anymore.”

Hahn said she wanted to apologize to the parents, who did not attend Tuesday’s sentencing.

Young also forbid Hahn from entering any Douglas County bars or casinos.

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