A 29-YEAR-OLD mum walked free from court after her five-year-old daughter was found freezing and wandering the streets late at night.
The scared girl was spotted in a “distressed state” by a driver in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and had grazed her knees after falling over in the road.
She had let herself out of her home after becoming worried when she couldn’t rouse her sleeping mum, who had passed out after drinking wine.
The mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of child neglect at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court last month.
A driver spotted the five-year-old standing by herself at the side of Cowrakes Road in Lindley around midnight on October 21.
The little girl told police she was going to her grandma’s house and couldn’t call her because didn’t know the passcode for the phone, Huddersfield Examiner reports.
Harry Crowson, prosecuting, told Kirklees Magistrates’ Court: She was seen falling over. She had injuries on her knees and was upset.
“Members of the public looked after her and she told them her mum had been drinking wine and she couldn’t wake her.
“She was wearing a vest, knickers, dressing gown and wellington boots. She was quite cold and shivering.”
She’s extremely ashamed she wasn’t able to protect her daughter that evening.
Probation officer Debbie Lumb
Cops went to the mum’s property and they found her difficult to wake up.
When she was breath tested she blew 107 microgrammes (in 100 millilitres of breath) – which is more than three times over the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
Mr Crowson told the court the mum put her daughter to bed at 7.30pm and thought she was safe.
In May 2017, the mum received a caution for being drunk in public while watching her daughter.
She suffered a relapse with drinking earlier this year, but is now seeking help from different agencies including the CHART Kirklees support service, the court heard.
Probation officer Debbie Lumb said: “She’s extremely upset about the harm that could have happened to her daughter.
“She’s had traumatic life experiences and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.
“She hadn’t realised how much it’s impacted on her emotional wellbeing.
“She’s no longer drinking but at the time was heavily in drink to the point that her daughter couldn’t wake her up.
“She’s extremely ashamed she wasn’t able to protect her daughter that evening.”
The court was told the defendant was also sorry to the members of the public who witnessed a child in distress.
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The little girl is now being looked after by her grandparents.
Sonia Kidd, the mum’s solicitor, said it was an “incredibly sad case” but hoped something “positive” would come from it.
She was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 20 days of rehabilitation activity days aimed at helping her with her issues and she will have to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.
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