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This week an Oklahoma woman was jailed for 30 days for leaving her baby inside of her car while she went inside and gambled at a casino.
Jamie Benson was given a sentence of 30 days in jail with a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail as well as three years of probation for child neglect and endangerment. She had left her child inside of her car so that she could go inside and gamble. She had her baby in the seat of a running and unlocked car. She was found gambling at a machine in the Dottie's Casino, having gambled for about an hour.
As part of her sentence Benson will have to take parenting classes within the first six months of her sentence, while also avoiding drinking, drugs, and gambling during the period of the probation.
It's pretty apparent that Ms. Benson may have a gambling problem. We urge all players who exhibit risky behavior or feelings of addiction to reach out for help. We have a section that provides resources for those experiencing addiction, and it can be found here.