Fort Gibson Police: Woman Leaves Kids in Car to "Go Gambling"

A Fort Gibson Woman is being charged with child endangerment after she reportedly left her three kids inside a car so she could go gambling, late Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to the Cherokee Casino on Highway 62 around 4:30 PM.

When they arrived, the mother, Sharonda Sheppard, 29, told them that she had only been inside for "ten minutes." Police say a subsequent investigation of the casino's security cameras revealed Sheppard had actually been inside the casino for forty minutes.

Fort Gibson Police tell, the children, ages 8 & 10, appeared to be unharmed despite the cold temperatures outside.

Sheppard is currently booked in the Muskogee County on charges of Child Endangerment.

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