Posted on Apr 16, 2010
A mentally disabled woman was left locked inside government vehicle while the state worker charged with her care gambled at a Kansas City casino.
Twenty-seven-year-old Dru S. Glenn of Independence, Missouri was employed by the Missouri Department of Mental Health as a developmental assistant.  Her job duties involved helping disabled residents with their daily activities, including driving them to medical appointments.  On Wednesday, April  14, Glenn was transporting a 66-year-old mentally disabled Independence woman to a medical appointment.
Instead, court documents reveal that Glenn parked her state car on the fourth level of the parking garage at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.  She cracked the left front and left rear windows about two inches, locked the doors, and left the woman in the right rear seat.  She left the vehicle and went into the casino.
After ten minutes, Glenn returned to the car.  She then went back into the casino where she gambled for more than two hours.  When Glenn returned to the vehicle, law enforcement officials were waiting.
Glenn was immediately fired from her job, and the Department of Mental Health is investigating the incident.  She was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor elder abuse.  Had the woman been injured, the charge would not have been a misdemeanor.
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