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  • A Texas couple was arrested after leaving their baby inside their car while they gambled
  • The baby was left inside a running Chrysler while the parent were inside playing slot machines
  • Their car was then stolen along with their baby inside 

A Texas couple who risked the life of their 16-month-old baby by leaving the newborn inside their car while they gambled, has been arrested.

21-year-old Kimberly Cook and her partner, 29-year-old Anthony Blue were taken into custody Monday and were charged with child endangerment, said NBC News, citing a statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The arrest came after the couple left the baby inside a running Chrysler in a parking lot of a Shell station north of Houston around 11:30 p.m.

handcuffs This image shows a pair of handcuffs at the Commissariat de Police Nationale (National Police Station) in Alfortville, France, Nov. 21, 2016. Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

The couple was inside the gasoline station playing 8 Liner slot machines and occasionally checked on their child's condition, the statement added.

Their car was then reportedly stolen around midnight, along with their baby.

A park ranger found the newborn at a playground and was taken to a hospital, authorities told NBC News.

Click2Houston meanwhile pointed to 19-year-old Vincent Canady and 18-year-old Jabari Davis as the culprits behind the criminal offense.

Canady and Davis walked out of YMAC, a semi-secure correctional facility that houses convicts who are on probation, Monday morning and went on a crime spree.

Both capped off their day by stealing the couple's vehicle along with their baby, Click2Houston said, citing a statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

They were charged with auto theft and felony kidnapping, the outlet added.