Couple left disabled daughter in car outside casino, police say

Couple left disabled daughter in car outside casino, police say

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans couple left their disabled daughter in a car while they gambled at a casino, according to Kenner police.

William Jackson, 71, and Paula Jackson, 63, were booked with cruelty to the infirm.

The couple drove the Treasure Chest Casino, located in the 5000 block of William Blvd., over the weekend. Paula Jackson's 24-year-old disabled daughter was with them. The daughter suffers from a traumatic brain injury, police tell our partners at Times Picayune. She cannot communicate and is completely dependent on a caretaker.

William Jackson, the woman's stepfather, dropped off Paula Jackson and parked in a handicapped spot behind the casino, officers say. He allegedly sat in the vehicle with the 24-year-old for a short time before leaving her alone to join Paula Jackson at the slot machines, according to reports.

Police say the stepfather came back to the car to check on the woman, but returned to the casino a short time later.

Officers were alerted by an anonymous caller. The two were booked with cruelty of the infirm.

"I'm a parent of a special needs child and I especially know the responsibilities as a parent," said Lt. Brian McGregor with the Kenner Police Department. "You don't want to see these types of things happen and you would hope that parents would use better judgment."

Officers released the woman to her brother. She was hot, but otherwise fine.

Paula Jackson was released from jail. William Jackson is still being held without bond.

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