Paula Jackson, 62, and William Jackson, 71, have been accused of leaving their disabled 24-year-old daughter alone in a van while they gambled at a casino in Kenner, Louisiana, on June 13.
Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department, told The Times-Picayune the couple were booked on charges of cruelty to the infirm. William, the victim’s stepfather, allegedly dropped Paula off in front of the casino around 10 p.m. and then left the van in the rear parking lot. He checked on the victim for about three minutes around midnight, McGregor said.
An anonymous tipster told police that the girl had been alone in the van for about three hours. The victim reportedly suffers from a traumatic brain injury. She’s unable to communicate and completely dependent on her caretaker.
McGregor said officers found her in the dark van, sweating, although in fair condition otherwise.
Police arrested the Jacksons around 1:30 a.m. although Paula was released from jail on June 16, William is still being held without bail.
"I'm a parent of a special needs child and I especially know the responsibilities as a parent,” McGregor told WAFB. “You don't want to see these types of things happen and you would hope that parents would use better judgment.”
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