Mum who left child sleeping outdoors spared jail

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A mum who left her three-year-old daughter asleep on her front path after she blacked out through drink has been spared jail.

At a sentencing hearing at Preston Magistrates Court, the mother, who can not be named for legal reasons, sobbed in the dock, fearing she would have her children permanently removed from her care.

A trial previously heard the woman had to be woken by a friend who found her young daughter asleep in the house in Preston. Two babies were crying inconsolably in their cots as the mother slept.

The court heard the mother was also the subject of a suspended sentence after she assaulted her mother in a drunken row.

The woman was said to be angry her mum had bought toys for her children.

But Sephton Lee, defending, said: “She badly regrets what happened. She wishes she could turn the clock back and change things.”

The mum was convicted of three counts of child neglect after police officers gave evidence about the distressed state of the children.

It is understood the woman has been engaging with the authorities to address alcohol and parenting issues in the hope she may be able to have them returned to her.

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sentencing, said: “I have found this a very difficult case.

“The pre-sentence report makes it very clear that despite your actions on that occasion, you do give your children’s welfare some priority.

“Whether or not it all works out with your children is a matter for another court to decide on another occasion but I’m not going to stand in the way of someone who is doing their best to make amends.”

She handed the woman a 12- month community order.