Suspended sentence for mum who abandoned her children to go drinking

Preston Magistrates' Court
Preston Magistrates' Court
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A mother who abandoned her two young children with a complete stranger to go off drinking has been handed a suspended jail sentence by a court in Preston.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to neglecting the youngsters aged two and four and was told by magistrates she was “very lucky” not to be going straight to prison.

She entirely accepts that it was not appropriate to go missing and leave her children with a complete stranger,

The court heard the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had “fallen off the wagon” by drinking during a party at her home in Ashton and had ended up sharing half a bottle of vodka with a woman who had come to the door to complain about the noise.

Suddenly she left the house and vanished into the night, leaving the stranger alone with the two children who were upstairs. When she didn’t return, the stranger called the police.

The mother eventually returned, clearly unsteady on her feet, and became “extremely aggressive” towards the officers. At one point one of the officers had to draw a taser.

She later admitted neglecting her children and leaving them with a woman she had never met before.

John Rimmer, defending, said she had left the house after her ex-partner, with whom there had been a history of domestic violence, had come to the door and taken her phone.

“She entirely accepts that it was not appropriate to go missing and leave her children with a complete stranger,” he said. She had “kicked off” with police because she thought her children were being taken off her.

The magistrates sentenced her to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months. She was also put on an electronically tagged curfew for 12 weeks.