Too hungover to be a parent

I was browsing on the Mirror’s website after seeing something on Facebook and I found an article, which really annoyed me.

A 4 year-old boy was found by his neighbour, Ms Rowan, pushing his 1 year-old sister across a busy road while their 23 year-old mother slept off a hangover. Ms Rowan returned the children to their home address to find the door unsecured and their 2 year-old sibling standing naked at the top of the stairs saying the word “cold”.

Ms Rowan was joined by some other neighbours and the police were called. Upon searching the house the police discovered the defendant asleep in her bed with her then partner. Ms Rowan told police that the children’s mother has been “up all night drinking”. Officers said the defendant and her partner were “disoriented” and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The officers found that the 4 year-old boy had tried dressing himself over his pyjamas and was soaked with urine. The 1 year-old girl was found to have a urine soaked nappy which was full and in need of changing. Their 2 year-old sibling was distressed and cold, the officers wrapped him in a blanket in order to keep him warm.

The family’s defence lawyer, E Chisnall, told the court that her client had been supporting her partner who was going through a family bereavement… That is no excuse for neglecting your children!
The court also heard that the children are in the care of Children’s Services ahead of a Family Court hearing next month (July 2015).
District Judge, I Lomax, passing sentence, said: “This was a breach in trust the children had the right to expect from you at their age… You chose alcohol over your responsibility to them and this was clearly a major failure in your role as a parent”.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 4 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Liverpool Magistrates Court, after pleading guilty of 3 counts of child neglect in an earlier hearing. She was also ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs as well as a £80 victim surcharge.

4 months prison term suspended for 18 months and charges of £165… That’s a disgrace! And don’t even get me started on the fact that she cannot be named for legal reasons! She neglected her children, she should have been sentenced to longer than the decided term. Some people would do anything to be parents and we have this breathing parasite neglecting her children who would be better off in care with a family who really want them.


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