ELKO — Deputies arrested a Spring Creek woman Thursday after she left her infant in a car for an hour to gamble.
Jamie L. Benson, 28, was arrested for child abuse or neglect. Her bail was set at $100,000.
When deputies arrived at Dottie’s Casino in Spring Creek they found a child that had been left unattended in a running vehicle for an extended period of time. The vehicle was running in the parking lot and was unlocked. A 14-month-old child was in the back seat.
“The heater of the vehicle was turned all the way up and the interior of the vehicle was extremely hot,” stated the sheriff’s office.
Benson was found inside the casino at a gaming machine. She told deputies that “she had entered the casino to purchase cigarettes and had been inside the casino for approximately 25 minutes. Further investigation revealed that she had been inside the casino approximately one hour,” stated the report.
The child was transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and was subsequently taken into the custody of the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds parents to never leave a child in a vehicle.
“In addition to accidents, abductions or other events that endanger a child in a vehicle, vehicles may be extremely hot or cold depending on weather conditions,” stated the sheriff’s office. “In this particular event, a temperature reading of 86 degrees was measured in the interior of the vehicle after the door had been opened for approximately fifteen minutes. Temperatures inside a vehicle in the summer months can exceed 100 degrees very quickly. Please, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.”