Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Drunk mother neglected her son, 3

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0860.htm

A mother-of-two has admitted neglect after her three-year-old son was found walking alone in a Wrexham street at night in a "filthy" state. The 21-year-old woman, who had been too drunk to care for her child, was placed on supervision by a judge at Mold Crown Court and sent on an alcohol course. Her children no longer live with her. Judge Merfyn Hughes said: "If you are ever to look after these children again then you must learn to manage alcohol in a sensible way." The court heard the boy was found wandering the streets at 2120 BST last July by a neighbour and taken back home. Ian Evans, prosecuting, said his face, arms and legs were filthy. He also smelt of urine and faeces The police were contacted and officers found a number of people drinking at the flat. It was in an appalling condition, and when they went upstairs it was worse, Mr Evans said. The mother was asleep in dirty conditions and so drunk officers could not immediately awake her. While awaiting an aunt to come and pick the boy up, police tried to change the boy but could find no other clothes for him, the court heard. Judge Hughes told the woman: "How can any mother prefer to drink herself into oblivion rather than care for a tiny little boy? "You were already failing to look after him. He was filthy dirty in the same way that your flat was filthy dirty." Changed lifestyle The judge said that he was not going to ruin her life by sending her to prison and would place her on two years supervision to help her rehabilitate herself.

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