Northamptonshire mother admits leaving her baby and child under the age of five at home alone

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

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A Northamptonshire mother has admitted leaving her two young children, including a baby, alone at home when she went to work.

The mother appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and admitted two charges of child neglect.

The court heard the woman went to work at 8am on August 13 and left her two young children, one aged under five, and one aged 18 months old, at home together.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said a delivery driver from DHL called at the address at 10.30am and found a note on the door that said the package should be left with a neighbour.

As he was standing outside the front door, the driver heard a young child’s voice that told him ‘his mummy wasn’t home’.

Due to his concerns for the welfare of the child, the driver called the police and officers attended the address.

Ms Costello said one of the officers had to replace the baby’s nappy as it was soiled and had not been changed.

A woman, who was a friend of the mother, said she had agreed to look after the children but had said she was not going to be able to get there at 8am.

Ben Brown, mitigating, said his client had asked a friend to look after her children as she had to go to work at 9am.

He said the woman had been in contact with her friend at 8am and she was told she was running late but was on her way.

He said: “She accepts what she did was wrong and was dangerous. She did not think there was going to be that long of a delay before her friend arrived.”

The case was adjourned until later this month to allow for probation reports to be carried out.