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Drunk and in charge of baby


A mother pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child after she walked a mile-and-a-half in freezing temperatures carrying her 11-month-old son.

The 33-year-old admitted the charge at Leicester Crown Court, after she left a house where she had assaulted a friend and another woman.

Prosecutor Victoria Rose told how the mum-of-two committed the offences after the visit to a house in Whitwick, on November 29.

She was given a year-long community order and was warned by the judge her children may be taken away from her if she does not control her drinking.

Miss Rose said the woman had taken her 12-year-old and 11-month-old sons to a friend's home, where another woman was visiting.

She said the defendant and the friend went to a social club for an hour and returned at about 10.30pm.

She said: "The woman described the defendant as being extremely intoxicated."

Miss Rose said the mum and the woman had words before the mum stood up and punched the woman on the nose. As the victim ran out of the house the defendant went after her, but was stopped by her friend.

She then punched her friend, who retaliated and dragged her about by her hair.

The defendant then went upstairs and left the house, carrying her 11-month-old son.

Miss Rose said: "She walked a mile-and-a-half to her mother's house, carrying her son in sub-zero temperatures.

"When the police arrived there to arrest her, she was sleeping in bed with her mother with her 11-month-old son in between them."

The defendant, of Whitwick, admitted being drunk in charge of her child on November 29.

She pleaded guilty to assaulting both women on the same date. She also admitted possessing cannabis.

The offences were committed while she was in breach of a six-month conditional discharge for a conviction for being drunk in charge of the same child, who was then 10 months old.

Miss Rose said on that occasion, the defendant had gone to the house of an ex-partner with the child when she was heavily intoxicated.

Luke Blackburn, defending, said his client had finally admitted she had a drink problem and was getting help. He said: "It is a sad case indeed.

"She realises what she did was distasteful, embarrassing and something of which she is ashamed."

Judge Simon Hammond told her: "You are having help.

"You have to sort yourself out for the sake of your children.

"If you don't sort yourself out, we may take your children off you.

"Don't let your children down."

He gave the defendant a one-year community order with supervision and a requirement to attend an anger management programme.

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