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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle parents admit child neglect

A baby fell from its pushchair as its drunk mother stumbled in the road and fell asleep, a court heard.

The child was crying and although it had been raining wasn’t wearing a coat, magistrates in Carlisle were told today.

The woman appeared in court in Carlisle with the baby’s father where they admitted child neglect. Neither parent can be named for legal reasons.

Vicki Agullo told the court that on November 13 staff from a convenience store on Fusehill Street in Carlisle telephoned police because they were concerned for the safety of the baby as they believed the mother was drunk.

When officers arrived at the shop the woman had left the area but minutes later they received reports of a woman with a pram weaving in and out of traffic in Lonsdale Street and “stumbling around”. When they arrived at the scene the pushchair was on its side and the mother was asleep with her head on the pram wheel.

The baby had fallen out of the pram and was crying. Although it had been raining the baby didn’t have a coat.

John Smith, defending the mother, said the incident lasted no more than 45 minutes.

He said it happened because she was drunk and she bitterly regretted it. The court was told her partner was arrested at their home in Carlisle later in the evening.

Tariq Khawam, for the father, asked the court to adjourn the case for pre-sentence reports be prepared by the Probation Service.
The pair will be sentenced on January 3. Both were bailed.

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