Cops: Kids play while mom drinks at the bar

July 28, 2017 06:13 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - Stop me if you've heard this one: A woman walks into a bar. No, seriously. A woman really did walk into Murphy's Irish Pub on West Fulton Street in Gloversville, and police say it was no joke.

"It's a very unfortunate story but more unfortunate," according to Gloversville Police Captain Mike Scott, "It's not as uncommon as you may think."

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The unfortunate and sad thing about this story is that before 30-year old Kayla Trickler arrived at the bar, she dropped off her kids, two young girls, ages 5 and 9, at the McNabb Elementary School Playground down the street and told them to walk home when they were through playing.

A Gloversville police officer found the lost girls wandering the streets sometime after 9:00 PM while their mother was sipping suds at the Irish pub.

"It's incredibly dangerous no matter where they were in the city for two young children at that age to be out by themselves," Scott says, "They're prone to all kinds of hazards and dangers."

What isn't clear at this point is what time the girls were dropped off, how many times they had been to the McNabb Playground before, or why they weren't able to find their way home.

Police say when they found the girls, it was dark, they were disoriented, and they were scared.

"We spend a lot of time reacting to situations similar to this, "Scott says, Maybe not to this extreme but there are a lot of children victims out there."

After the girls told police their mommy was at the bar, police figured it was Murphy's because it's halfway between the playground and their home on West Street.

Kayla Trickler is charged with child endangerment, a misdemeanor, and a felony drug charge after police say she was carrying cocaine intending to sell it.

the girls were placed with another family member.


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