Page last updated at 11:47 GMT, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:47 UK

'Lock up' cruelty mother is freed

Appeal Court, London
The Appeal Court heard that the boy had fractures to his arm and leg

A mother who locked her toddler son in a room for six weeks has walked free after her nine month jail sentence was quashed appeal court judges.

The woman, from the Bridgend area, admitted child cruelty at Cardiff Crown Court in June.

She visited her 19-month-old son only to give him bottles of milk.

Appeal court judges gave the mother a suspended sentence and she will begin a rehabilitation programme, so she can be reunited with her family.

Bruises on the boy's body were also investigated and two fractures to his leg and one to his arm were discovered.

A report from a child practitioner, which Mr Justice Bean referred to, said the woman's release and rehabilitation programme would be in her children's "best interests".

The woman's barrister told the court she had been given a "legitimate expectation" that she would be taking part in the rehabilitation programme and she had not expected an immediate custodial sentence.

She was given a six months sentence, suspended for two years.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was warned by Mr Justice Bean that, if she breaches the terms of her suspended sentence, she could find herself back in custody.

She thanked the judges before leaving the courtroom.

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