Jail threat to parents of lager-drinking toddler

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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THE parents of a three-year-old boy found drinking a can of lager by police after being left home alone have been warned they could face jail.

The pair pleaded guilty to five counts of cruelty to a person under 16 which can include assaulting, ill treating, neglecting, abandoning or exposing a child in a manner likely to cause the child suffering or injury to health.

They are accused of abandoning five of their hungry children including the three-year-old boy who was allegedly seen drinking from the lager can on September 15 last year.

Speaking at Preston Crown Court, Judge Stuart Baker said: “There are a lot of sentencing options available ranging from imprisonment to non custodial.

“I don’t think anybody would argue this case is deserving of anything less than a community based sentence.

“I now have to consider whether or a custodial sentence is the right one.”

Police were alerted to the house by a neighbour who had seen the children swinging from curtains.

The youngsters, aged between three and seven, were found alone at home and were hungry, dirty and four had no clothes, it is alleged.

The pair were bailed to March 28 for sentencing.

They must not must not have any contact with their children unless supervised, as a condition of their bail.