Child abandoned in pushchair for 10 days
Barry McIntyre The Guardian
Friday April 28, 2000
A woman who tied her three-year-old son to his pushchair and abandoned
for 10 days while she visited her new boyfriend was yesterday beginning
month jail sentence.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her son, made
daily visits to check on the boy and feed him, Merthyr Tydfil crown
heard. But when police found him, he was dressed in a urine-soaked
and was shaking uncontrollably. Both his feet were red and swollen and
was unable to straighten his legs.
Doctors who examined him found he was under-nourished, dehydrated and
suffering from skin conditions and from emotional and physical neglect.
weighed only 2lbs more than he had when aged 20 months.
Sue Ferrier, prosecuting, told the court that the woman, from Merthyr
Tydfil, south Wales, had convinced friends and neighbours the boy was
looked after by his grandmother while she stayed with her boyfriend and
visits to a sick friend.
Police were eventually alerted by the boy's grandmother who had not seen
for three months. They broke into the house, described in court as
and strewn with litter, and found the boy strapped into his chair so
he needed to be cut free.
In police interviews the woman, who admitted neglect and wilful
told police she "could not cope" and did not have enough money to look
Jeremy Jenkins, defending, said: "She could not hide from the fact that
son was in a deplorable state. It is clear from the evidence that the
Judge John Curran rejected pleas for the woman to be placed on probation
given a suspended sentence. "The offences are too serious to be dealt
by anything short of a custodial sentence," he said.
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