Mum ‘un­der the in­flu­ence’ was propped up on road­side by child

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­di­ 07790 591150

A LLANELLI mother was found on a road­side by po­lice un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and be­ing propped up by her child.

Po­lice then learned that two fur­ther chil­dren were home alone.

The woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, pleaded guilty to three charges of child ne­glect when she ap­peared be­fore Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day.

All charges re­late to the evening of No­vem­ber 23.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “At 9.30pm po­lice of­fi­cers be­came aware of the de­fen­dant hav­ing dif­fi­culty keep­ing her bal­ance and she was be­ing sup­ported by her child.”

The court heard the child was un­der the age of 10.

Mrs Vaughan did not spec­ify ex­actly along which road in Llanelli the mother was spo­ken to by po­lice but added: “Her speech was slurred and her eyes were glazed and she was fall­ing into one of the of­fi­cers, al­most knock­ing him over.”

The de­fen­dant also swore at po­lice, the court was told.

Po­lice were then in­formed that she had left a teenager and a younger child home alone while she was out.

Mrs Vaughan said the de­fen­dant told po­lice she had been away from her home since “eight-ish” and that she “wasn’t go­ing to be long”.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Laura Sher­wood re­quested an ad­journ­ment of the case ahead of sen­tenc­ing for a pro­ba­tion re­port to be car­ried out due to the de­fen­dant’s al­co­hol is­sues.

She added that there would need to be in­put from so­cial ser­vices as they are hav­ing on­go­ing deal­ings with the de­fen­dant.

Dis­trict judge Christo­pher James agreed to ad­journ the case for four weeks and told the de­fen­dant that a con­di­tion of her bail would be to live and sleep each night at her home ad­dress and be­ing in­side be­tween the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Sen­tenc­ing will take place at Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court on Jan­uary 17.

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