Written by Bella Dalima
24 May, 2014 | 4:03 pm
A mum was arrested after her three-year-old son dialled 999 and told police: “I’m home alone.” Officers raced to the toddler’s home and waited for the single mum, who returned an hour later with a small amount of cannabis, a court heard. The youngster was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts on a chilly February day.
Prosecutor Richard Nicholls told Bristol magistrates court: “The boy dialled 999 after he knocked over a pot. It distressed the boy, who cried ‘mummy’.”
The single mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she had lost her house keys.She said she put her son through a window and left him alone in the house which had no heating, electricity or food while she went to find the keys.
The son was taken into temporary care with social services after his mother’s arrest. Mr Nicholls said the woman told police she had woken up that morning to find no bread and only sour milk for her children’s breakfast.
The court heard the mum was also in trouble for not sending her older children to primary school.Richard Clark, for Bristol City Council, said they had poor attendance records and the mum had a conviction in 2011 after one child had 69 unauthorised days off school.
Defence lawyer Judy Hampton said the mum had been the victim of domestic violence and was struggling to establish a good morning routine with her children.
She told the court the mum was “extremely remorseful and she is accepting help and working in the right direction”.
The mum, of East Bristol, admitted neglecting a child and two charges of not sending a child to school and possessing cannabis.
She was given a 12-week suspended jail sentence and two years’ supervision.
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