A woman got a 30-day jail sentence for leaving her three young children home alone for several hours, while she and her boyfriend attended a
videotaping of "The Jerry Springer Show."
Shannon Cook, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this week to misdemeanor child endangerment. She also was placed on probation for a year. The two girls and
one boy, all under the age of 4, have been placed in foster homes by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Cook was arrested when
she returned home after midnight. According to a police report, she said: "I didn't think I'd be gone that long."
That's just ridiculous. You don't even leave a 4 year old alone while you go check the mail. How hard would it have been to call up a neighbor and
say "hey, I'll give you 20 bucks if you watch the kids for a couple of hours?"
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