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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Carlisle mum admits child neglect

A mother has pleaded guilty before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court to neglecting her child and causing unnecessary suffering.

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Deborah Ellen Whelpdale: Her child was found in drug users’ flat

Deborah Ellen Whelpdale, 30, who lives near Carlisle city centre, admitted the single offence, which she committed on March 1 this year when the youngster was found in flat that was being used by drug users.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told that the flat involved was devoid of food and littered with drugs paraphernalia, including needles and empty drug wraps.

The prosecution said that adults in the flat were taking heroin and that one of them was seen being treated by paramedics.

Prosecutor Beccy McGregor told Judge Barbara Forrester that she might need to see police video footage of the flat before sentencing Whelpdale.

The judge adjourned the case until July 31 to allow time for related legal issues to be resolved and the defendant was granted conditional bail.

The name and address of the child involved cannot be reported for legal reasons.

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