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Woman Charged With Neglecting Daughters

October 9, 2004

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A woman has been charged with child neglect more than 18 months after her two daughters were stabbed during a break-in while she was out gambling.

Tamara Ann Bergeron was charged Friday with 18 counts of child neglect and abuse. Her boyfriend, Robert John Schmidt, was also charged.

Authorities said 11-year-old Brittney Bergeron and 3-year-old Kristyanna Cowan were stabbed by two teenagers who broke into their mobile home when Bergeron and Schmidt were out gambling in January 2003.

Cowan died in the attack and Brittney Bergeron was paralyzed.

Police said the teens, who have since been arrested, were retaliating after being ripped off during a drug deal with Bergeron and Schmidt.

Police said Bergeron and Schmidt regularly used methamphetamine in front of the children and had spent more than $18,000 gambling in the two months before the attack.

Bergeron’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

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