Children seized from Widnes mum after three-year-old found wandering in street

Halton Magistrates Court

Halton Magistrates Court

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A MUM had her children seized by social services after neighbours found her three-year-old child wandering in the street ‘calling for mummy’.

Halton Magistrates Court heard on Thursday the Widnes mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had left two of her children alone why she went to the local shop.

One was aged three, and the other nine. Her third child, aged seven, went to the shop with her.

Lionel Cope, prosecuting, said the three-year-old was asleep when the defendant left on the morning of August 21, last year.

The child was found walking in the street by residents, ‘calling for mummy’, the court heard. The door to the house was open.

In a statement provided to the court, the 39-year-old defendant said: “I left my nine-year-old child and three-year-old child at home while I went to buy food from for my family at the local shop.

“I regularly visit the shop.

“It is a 10 minute walk there and back.

“I thought my neighbour was watching them.”

Police were called, with the mum-of-three claiming she had been at the rear of the property hanging out washing.

The court heard officers were ‘unhappy’ with the ‘poor, unkempt condition' of the home. Bags of shopping were on the kitchen side.

Mr Cope added that the children were taken to a foster home.

The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a child.

She entered the pleas on the day of trial on December 20 last year.

The court heard she is attending college one day a week and hopes to get the children back.

District Judge Bridget Knight told her to ‘go away and get yourself together’.

The defendant, who is on benefits, was fined and told to pay costs of £210.

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8:25am Tue 4 Mar 14

SM2012 says...

"Bags of shopping were on the kitchen side. "

wow, why not throw her in jail as well then. I can't believe it, bags of shopping were actually on the kitchen side?

I can only assume there's more to this story than has been published. A single incident doesn't sound enough for this woman to have all 3 kids taken away from her. And on top of that they fine her and make her pay court costs!

Unfortunately I fear if this was a middle-class, professional, couple who'd left their kids for 10 mins while they popped to the shops the outcome would be different. I don't see the authorities taking the kids away then.
"Bags of shopping were on the kitchen side. " wow, why not throw her in jail as well then. I can't believe it, bags of shopping were actually on the kitchen side? I can only assume there's more to this story than has been published. A single incident doesn't sound enough for this woman to have all 3 kids taken away from her. And on top of that they fine her and make her pay court costs! Unfortunately I fear if this was a middle-class, professional, couple who'd left their kids for 10 mins while they popped to the shops the outcome would be different. I don't see the authorities taking the kids away then. SM2012
  • Score: 7

12:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

KM1983 says...

I think the comment about the bags of shopping was mentioned as evidence that she had in fact been shopping, not hanging up washing as she first implied.
Very lucky that nothing more sinister happened to those children. Hopefully they will get the support and care they need from now on. Regardless of class, anyone who leaves their 3 and 9 yr old children at home alone whilst they go shopping need to re assess their priorities
I think the comment about the bags of shopping was mentioned as evidence that she had in fact been shopping, not hanging up washing as she first implied. Very lucky that nothing more sinister happened to those children. Hopefully they will get the support and care they need from now on. Regardless of class, anyone who leaves their 3 and 9 yr old children at home alone whilst they go shopping need to re assess their priorities KM1983
  • Score: 6

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