Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mum Angers Court's Judge; Neglectful Mother Fails to Turn Up to Probation Meeting

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mum Angers Court's Judge; Neglectful Mother Fails to Turn Up to Probation Meeting

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@reachplc.com @GazetteCourt

A MUM who left her four-year-old son home alone while she went drinking at a Wetherspoons bar has annoyed a crown court judge.

The Stockton woman, in her early 20s, faced sentence at Teesside Crown Court for child cruelty after she left her little boy sleeping to go to the pub.

Her selfish behaviour was slammed by the NSPCC who said: "This mother appallingly abandoned her responsibility to protect her child from harm." Now she has displeased Judge Howard Crowson by not turning up to a meeting with a probation officer which could help save her from prison.

She phoned probation 20 minutes into the pre-sentence report appointment saying she was not feeling well, the court heard on Thursday.

Judge Crowson said he was "unimpressed" and told the mum in the dock: "That isn't a good enough reason for not having a report.

"The sad reality for you is that you committed an offence which is serious.

"But the types of sentence that don't mean prison, the Probation Service run most of them, if not all.

"And unless they suggest it's a good idea, most judges wouldn't think about it.

"So you need to speak to the Probation Service for your own good."

The case had been sent to the crown court because of its seriousness last month.

Magistrates had heard how the mum-of-four, who cannot be named for legal reasons, headed out to Lloyds bar in central Middlesbrough with a pal.

She left her boy sleeping alone at home after she could not sort out a babysitter on the night of Saturday, October 26.

Prosecutor Oriana Frame said the woman had contacted her mother and friend to arrange for someone to look after the boy.

But when she found out nobody was available, her mum "received a text saying the defendant would go out and leave him".

At around 9. …

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