Father Arrested For Leaving Children In Hot Car Outside Fort Gibson Casino

Thursday, June 23rd 2011, 7:53 pm
By: News On 6


FORT GIBSON, Oklahoma – A man was arrested outside a Fort Gibson casino Wednesday after police said he left his two young sons in the car while he went inside to gamble.

Fort Gibson police were called to Cherokee Casino Wednesday evening about 7 p.m.

Police said a person inside told casino security there were two kids inside a car in the parking lot.

Security made contact with a nine-year-old boy and six-year-old boy inside the car, who said their father, Bradley Matlock, was inside the casino.

Matlock, 45, told police he went inside to gamble for a couple of minutes and didn't realize he had been gone for a longer period of time.

He told officers he was a school teacher at Inola and that his arrest would hurt his reputation as a teacher.

Matlock was arrested for child endangerment and booked into the Muskogee County jail.

The children were released to their grandmother.