Gambling woman leaves disabled husband in car

Judy Fairbanks, 52, of Bellevue, Nebraska, could face up to 10 years in prison after being charged with neglect of a dependant person after allegedly leaving her disabled husband, Charles, in a car outside the Horseshoe Casino in freezing temperatures as she gambled inside.

It is thought her husband, who has dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and cannot speak or care for himself, was left in the car for just over an hour. Police said Fairbanks had taped a sign to the windscreen, which said: “I have a disability. Do not be alarmed. I am resting. Please do not call security.”

Worryingly, it is not the first time Fairbanks has left her husband unattended in a car as she gambled. An investigation discovered that a similar incident occurred on March 6.

Fairbanks, who has refused to comment, will face her preliminary hearing in May.

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