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Mother receives supervision order after pleading guilty to child neglect (10 February 2015)

Date: 10/02/2015
Duncan Lewis, Child Care Solicitors, Mother receives supervision order after pleading guilty to child neglect

A court in Blackburn has heard how police officers found a three-year-old child alone with a half-empty vodka bottle while the child’s mother slept upstairs with a man who had climbed up the drainpipe of the family’s home.

Online publisher ThisisLancashire reports that neighbours had reported seeing a man climbing up the drainpipe of the family’s home at 6.15pm on 1 November 2014.

Police officers had looked through the window of the house and spotted the child alone with the half-empty bottle of vodka. An open packet of tobacco was also found near the child when police officers entered the house.

The court heard that police officers were unable to wake the child’s mother Samantha Rhodes because she was so intoxicated after drinking alcohol.

The court also heard that the case mirrored a previous incident in August 2013, which also resulted in a court hearing.

In court, Samantha Rhodes, 22, of Queen Victoria Street in Blackburn pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Rhodes was made subject to community supervision for 18 months with an alcohol activity requirement. She was also ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 in costs.

The court was told that Rhodes loved her children “very much” – and had not touched alcohol since the incident in November last year.

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