'Home alone' mum due to be sentenced

A Tenby woman who left her young children ‘home alone’ while she went shopping and to a party, is due to be sentenced today (Monday).

Earlier this month, the mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted four counts of neglecting her children between August 10th and 23rd.

Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said that after receiving a 999 call on August 23rd, police discovered a toddler and another sibling, alone at a Tenby address.

Miss Morgan said that the upstairs of the house was in complete disarray and officers had to “climb and step over items spread throughout”.

Stair gates were either missing or left open, she added.

The court heard that the children’s mother, who was arrested on suspicion of child negligence, had gone out to buy sweets and cigarettes.

Miss Morgan added that the previous night the children were left unattended while the defendant went to a party.

Simon Mumford, defending, said: “There is a large amount of background to this that would mitigate the position considerably.”

He said that as a single parent, the defendant, who suffered from depression, found it difficult to make babysitting arrangements.

He added: “While she’s here today, babysitting arrangements have been put in place, because the situation she finds herself in will never happen again.”

The hearing was adjourned until today, for an all options pre-sentence report to be prepared, ahead of sentencing.

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