A 20 year old mum's starting jail sentence
The woman left her 15-month-old daughter in her cot
while she was out drinking all night with friends.
The court heard heard
how she would "pop back" every day to feed the starving baby Cheerios breakfast
cereal and a microwave meal.
But she would then return to a friend's flat
to carry on partying.
The incidents happened over last Christmas and New Year.
The alarm was
raised when neighbours called police after hearing the little girl's screams
coming from the house in Brecon.
Prosecutor Michael Hammett said:
"The house was in a state of
disarray with rubbish, dirty clothes, empty wine bottles, beer cans and dirty
nappies strewn over the floors.
"One of the officers went into the
bedroom and found the little girl subdued in her crib.
"There was no
heating on in the house and she was partly covered by a blanket."
court heard the child was taken to the nearby police station where officers went
out to a local corner shop to buy nappies, clean clothes and baby wipes for the
Mr Hammett said:
"When they gave her food and drink she
grabbed them as if she had been starved."
The mother, who cannot be named
for legal reasons, told police she'd been back to the house on four occassions
to feed her little baby but then left her home alone again.
entered the mother's home, the
little girl had been on her own for more than 24 hours.
She was examined
by a doctor and found to have severe nappy rash which was bleeding.
single mum admitted neglect.
She wept as she was jailed for 15-months at Merthyr
Geraint Jones, defending, said: "The mum hopes to rebuild
her relationship with the her little girl very slowly when she leaves
Judge John Curran jailed her saying:
"You may have gone back to
the house on occassions but the fact is you neglected her for a very long
"Your daughter was left in the dark and cold, she was hungry and
thirsty and had not been changed for days."
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