Appeal fails for Preston woman who left baby with broken arm for 24 hours

Laura Scanlon, 23, NFA, was  admitted neglect at Preston Crown Court
Laura Scanlon, 23, NFA, was admitted neglect at Preston Crown Court
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A Preston woman who was jailed for her delay in getting medical help for an injured baby has failed in an Appeal Court bid for freedom.

Laura Scanlan, 23, of Avenham Lane, left the baby, who she was looking after, for 24 hours before getting help when he was distressed.

After examination at hospital, it was discovered that the tot had suffered a fracture of his arm.

She admitted willful neglect and was jailed for 12 weeks at Preston Crown Court earlier this month.

Today, rejecting her lawyers’ bid to secure her immediate release, two top judges said the sentence was appropriate to mark Scanlan’s crime.

The Court of Appeal heard she had left the baby with Christopher Kirkham on a weekend in the autumn of 2013.

After he woke up on her return, the child was distressed, but she decided against taking him to hospital, said appeal judge, Mrs Justice McGowan.

It was only the following day that she sought help and the injury was discovered.

She pleaded guilty to neglect on the basis that she should have got help, but did not.

Kirkham was also jailed, receiving a 32-month sentence.

Today, Scanlan’s lawyers argued that her offence did not justify a 12-week prison sentence.

Rejecting the appeal, Mrs Justice McGowan said: ‘In our view, this is an offence which crosses the custody threshold.

‘It is not a case in which she didn’t appreciate that medical intervention was necessary.

‘In our view, the case merited custody, it merits immediate custody, and we can find nothing manifestly excessive or wrong in principle in the sentence.’

Her appeal was dismissed.