Page last updated at 09:18 GMT, Saturday, 7 June 2008 10:18 UK

Drunk mother neglected her son, 3

Mold Crown Court
Mold Crown Court heard a neighbour found the boy in the street

A mother-of-two has admitted neglect after her three-year-old son was found walking alone in a Wrexham street at night in a "filthy" state.

The 21-year-old woman, who had been too drunk to care for her child, was placed on supervision by a judge at Mold Crown Court and sent on an alcohol course.

Her children no longer live with her.

Judge Merfyn Hughes said: "If you are ever to look after these children again then you must learn to manage alcohol in a sensible way."

The court heard the boy was found wandering the streets at 2120 BST last July by a neighbour and taken back home.

Ian Evans, prosecuting, said his face, arms and legs were filthy. He also smelt of urine and faeces

The police were contacted and officers found a number of people drinking at the flat.

How can any mother prefer to drink herself into oblivion rather than care for a tiny little boy?
Judge Merfyn Hughes

It was in an appalling condition, and when they went upstairs it was worse, Mr Evans said.

The mother was asleep in dirty conditions and so drunk officers could not immediately awake her.

While awaiting an aunt to come and pick the boy up, police tried to change the boy but could find no other clothes for him, the court heard.

Judge Hughes told the woman: "How can any mother prefer to drink herself into oblivion rather than care for a tiny little boy?

"You were already failing to look after him. He was filthy dirty in the same way that your flat was filthy dirty."

Changed lifestyle

The judge said that he was not going to ruin her life by sending her to prison and would place her on two years supervision to help her rehabilitate herself.

"I doubt whether you have the motivation but I hope you prove me wrong," he told her.

If she breached the order she would come back to court and he would send her to prison, he said.

She cannot have any contact with her two children unless it is by agreement with social services, or as a result of an order from the family proceedings court.

Jonathan Duffy, defending, said that it was a case of neglect by a young woman who in the cold light of day was devastated by the fact that she had allowed her son to be treated in such a way.

She had already changed her lifestyle and would not let the court down if given a chance, he said.

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