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article imageMother Gets 18 Months In Jail After Leaving 2 Year Old At Home Alone

By Michelle Duffy     Jun 27, 2008 in Crime
Justice has been served this week after a woman was found guilty of abandonment when she had left her 2 year old son alone in her house for a weekend
The 22 year old woman, named as Kelly Tollerton has been jailed for 18 months this week after she was found to have left her two year son alone in her property for a whole weekend while she went away on a holiday.
The child had been found in the flat standing in a pool of water when neighbours heard his cries. The child had been crying and was dressed in dirty underwear. The water had come from a leak in the flat, where the woman and her child lived in Lincoln, north of the UK. The water had also flooded into the flats below.
The woman was found guilty on two counts of child cruelty towards her baby son as well as one count of perverting the course of justice. She was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court earlier this month.
Recorder William Harbage QC told the woman as he passed sentence,
"It defies belief that any mother can treat her child in that way. In my opinion, you are not a fit mother. Your conduct arouses feelings of horror and revulsion among all right-thinking people, particularly parents, most of whom must make considerable sacrifices in their lives for their children."
While the woman enjoyed a weekend away with her boyfriend, she had left her child in the kitchen, with a gate over the door so he could not get out.
The child was said to have turned on the tap in the kitchen which flooded the flat. He was found as “cold, hungry and very distressed." He had even started rummaging around in the rubbish bin in the kitchen to look for food.
The woman had also been found to have been continuously abandoning the child over a period of six months, according to the prosecution. The mother had not only abandoned the child physically but had continuously deprived him of emotional stimulation and had kept him in “long term filth.”
As said by Recorder Harbage to the court,
"The evidence shows that you were more concerned with your own social life than catering for his needs or caring for him. You were too selfish and too lazy to look after him properly."
The two year old is now in the care of foster parents through social services.
In response to the court, the convicted mother said,
"I would never ignore him. I would talk to him. He was a happy, smiling, contented boy."
The child, who had been left over the weekend in November 2006, was, according to the mother, supposed to be looked after by a friend.
The court rejected this claim.
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