A DISGRACED mum who abandoned her two young children so she could go on drug-fuelled binges has been spared jail.
Her nine-year-old daughter would have to care for her toddler brother, 2, and became so desperate that she would leave her mum notes begging her not to go out and leave them.
On one occasion the distraught girl climbed out of a window with her baby brother to ask a neighbour for help.
She also left notes begging her mum – who cannot be named to protect the children’s identity – to come home and look after them.
One note read: “We have been crying for you all night and I am really worried.”
Another note read: “Mum where are you? I miss you. I was crying and I’m upset. Wake me up when you are back. Thank you, Mummy.”
The court heard, the girl left another note saying she had taken her brother to their aunt’s house.
When the children arrived at the relative’s house, both children had high temperatures and the girl had flea bites.
Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said the woman had been a “devoted mother” until the breakdown of the relationship with the children’s father 18 months before the offences.
NO MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
Describing the offences at Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks., Mr Ahmed said the mum told her daughter she was going to “test her” on November 2 last year.
Mr Ahmed said: “She left the children locked in the house with no means of communicating with them. “There was no landline in the house, no mobile phone.
“She was not there when the children woke up.”
At some point, the youngster wrote a note saying: “I have gone upstairs to bed because I can’t keep my eyes open.
“Me and (her brother) love you. We miss you very much.
“Can you wake us up when you are back.
“We have been crying for you all night and I am really worried.”
The prosecutor said the girl ran out of paper and continued writing the note on the kitchen table in lipstick.
The letter added: “Please come upstairs to bed with us.”
When the mum had not returned home two days later, the girl climbed out of a window with her brother to alert a neighbour.
Police were called and found the house in “a mess”.
The girl told officers she was scared when they went to the property.
The youngster also told police: “My mummy went to Tesco on Friday night and hasn’t come home. I want my mummy.”
Mr Ahmed said: “In the bedroom, it was difficult to see the floor for the mess.”
Police started looking for the mum and she was arrested at a house about three miles away.
She claimed to have arranged for a babysitter but did not have any credit on her phone to be able to check on the children.
The children were taken away from the mum but returned to her on November 23.
The court heard the mum continued to leave the children on their own despite being arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
I have gone upstairs to bed because I can’t keep my eyes open. Me and (her brother) love you. We miss you very much.
The little girl, 9
The mother was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to take part in a 20-day programme to address her offending.
Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You have been sitting in the dock looking sorry for yourself.
“I am not sure whether you have any idea what your actions have caused to those two little children.
“As a mother, I do not doubt that you love (the children). They are your flesh and blood.
“But they are hugely vulnerable and the one person in the world who they look to for comfort is you.
“How could you do it to them?
“You have got to live with the consequences and you have also got to live with the knowledge that you should be going to prison for a very long time.”
FLEA BITTEN AND DIRTY
Mr Ahmed said the girl showed “great maturity” in looking after her little brother by changing his nappy, feeding him and playing with him.
Mr Ahmed said: “Despite the intervention of social services things did not improve. That night she went out to party.”
She left the children alone again on December 22 to go out drinking and take drugs with friends.
The RSPCA were also called to the property because cats were found in a neglected state.
The mum was arrested again and claimed she had gone out to the chemist but “got chatting to people in the street.”
She tested positive for cocaine.
The woman pleaded guilty to four offences of child neglect.
Mark Foley, mitigating, said the children remained with their mother and they would continue to suffer if she was jailed.
Imposing the suspended sentence, Judge Bayliss said: “I am not doing it for your sake because, quite honestly, you do not deserve any sympathy from this court.
“I am doing it for the sake of those two little people.”
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