Woman Deserts Kids to Play Blackjack on Christmas 01.01.2012

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Not all people are family-oriented and prefer spending every minute of the Christmas holiday in the company of their beloved family members.

Some people apparently prefer to desert their kids and go into a casino in order to play blackjack instead of fulfilling their parental obligations.

One of these people must be Katrular Buckanon a 36 year-old mother and foster mother from Louisiana who on Christmas Eve decided she must play blackjack at her local casino even if she does not have a babysitter to watch over her three underage foster kids.

She was discovered by a bystander who saw her parking her car at a play park around 10:43 a.m. and letting her two stepchildren aged 7 and 4 out the car to play. She left another 9 year-old boy in the backseat of the car and rushed the short distance to the Treasure Chest Casino nearby.

The bystander called the local police to report that the three kids seem to have been deserted by their mother. The police hurried to the scene and found Buchanon busy playing at the blackjack tables.

At first she told police she left her 17 year-old son to watch over the kids and that she was only in the casino for five minutes. However when she was confronted with video surveillance from the casino showing her to be playing blackjack for over 40 minutes, she admitted that she was there for longer and that she made up the story about her older son being there to watch over the kids.

Buchanon was arrested on Saturday and released during Christmas day after she posted bail. She is now facing charges of child desertion. Her three foster kids who are all brothers were taken out of her care and placed with the state’s child services.

The lesson here must be that as important as the game of blackjack is, it is not more important than family and the safety of children, especially if they are yours.

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