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West Norfolk mother in King’s Lynn court after neglecting children to buy cocaine

A mother has been made the subject of a court order after leaving her children home alone while she purchased Class A drugs.

The woman, who lives in West Norfolk, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to be sentenced. We have not named her to protect the identity of her children.

She had previously pleaded guilty to child neglect following an incident on October 13 last year.

The woman was sentenced at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday
The woman was sentenced at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday

The court heard that on that date, the woman had been drinking alcohol at home with a friend. Her two children, a four-year-old and an 18-month-old, were also at the address.

In the early hours of the morning, she left the property to purchase cocaine before returning around half an hour later. Both children were left alone during this time.

She was “extremely intoxicated” at this point, the court heard, and one neighbour was forced to attend her home to check on the children.

The four-year-old had left home to visit the neighbour because they had been left alone.

A welfare check was carried out at 3am, and the woman originally denied neglecting her children.

However, more concerns were raised later that day, and she made full admissions on that occasion.

Magistrates handed the woman an 18-month community order. As part of that, she will complete up to 20 rehabilitation activity requirement sessions and have her alcohol intake monitored for 120 days.

During that period of time, she will not be allowed to drink alcohol.

She will also pay £145 in court costs and a £114 victim surcharge.

Mitigating, solicitor Alison Muir said: “She wants help, and she wants to make sure that she never goes down this route again as the children are very important to her - and she accepts that this was poor folly on this occasion.”

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