TWO children aged four and five were kicked out of their house by their drunken mum, who was found passed out with her four-month-old baby.
The kids were seen crossing a busy road in Leicester in the dark by concerned neighbours who called the police.
Leceister Crown Court heard that she was found fast asleep in a first-floor bedroom next to a baby who was concealed beneath a duvet[/caption]
The mum, who had downed four pints of lager in a bar after collecting her youngsters from school, admitted to child cruelty.
The woman, from Leicestershire, cannot be named for legal reasons.
Leicester Crown Court was told that the children had been unaccompanied for at least 20 minutes when they were seen at 6.30pm on a dark February evening.
The children, who were said to have been looking for the nearby home of their dad’s partner, told strangers: “Mummy has kicked us out. She’s locked the door and we can’t get in.”
Police who were called to the kids’ home had to break in after getting no answer from the comatose mum.
Mummy has kicked us out. She’s locked the door and we can’t get in.
She was found fast asleep in a first-floor bedroom next to a baby who was concealed beneath a duvet.
When eventually awoken, the incoherent mum believed her children were in bed and asked officers to check on them.
The older children were subsequently placed into temporary foster care for their safety.
The mum, in her 30s, pleaded guilty to two counts of child cruelty by neglect.
She has a previous conviction from 2016 for being drunk when the children were in a pushchair in public.
The mum was said to have not drunk “five months” and has progressed “extremely well” in rehabilitation. A local authority is now considering returning her children with measures in place.
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Handing down a 12-month suspended sentence, Judge Robert Brown warned: “You never had the intention to cause harm to your children – but in drink you neglected them.
“You’ve pleaded guilty and shown remorse.
“This is the second chance – you’re lucky to get it.
“There’s not likely to be a third, so if you do this again you know what’s coming.”
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