Monday, April 9, 2007

Judy Fairbanks

Leaves her disabled husband in a car in 28-degree weather while she goes into a casino. Thoughtfully puts a sign on the window asking people not to call security.

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A Nebraska woman was told on Monday that she could be sentenced to 10 years in jail on charges that she left her disabled husband in the car in sub-freezing temperatures outside an Iowa casino.

Authorities said Judy Fairbanks, of Bellevue, Neb., is charged with neglect of a dependent person after she allegedly left her husband, Charles, in a car outside the Horseshoe Casino over the weekend. Council Bluffs police said Fairbanks taped a sign to the window indicating her husband had a disability, he was resting and security should not be contacted.

Security guards for the casino found Charles Fairbanks in the car. Officials said they later found Fairbanks inside the casino gambling. She was arrested.

"This is the first time I've been made aware of this type of such a situation being unattended," said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.

Police estimated that her husband had been left in the vehicle in a parking garage for about an hour before he was discovered. The temperature was about 28 degrees at the time.

"It's something we're taking very seriously," Wilber said. "It'd really be little different than having an infant left unattended in a parking garage, in terms of being able to look after himself, to care for himself." Wilber said Charles Fairbanks has suffered multiple strokes, has dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The man can't speak or move on his own. He was taken to a hospital. Officials said he wasn't injured during his time in the freezing car.

Police said a similar incident happened with Judy Fairbanks at the Horseshoe Casino in March, but officers weren't called out to the casino. Wilber said officers get called all the time for people leaving children in their cars while they go to gamble.

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