Woman became a ‘hermit’ after child was taken

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A woman was described as becoming a “hermit” after she went missing for nine months and failed to keep in touch with her probation officer.

Carol Latham was depressed after her child was taken into care and she was unable to leave her home a court was told.

The probation service has had no contact with her for nine months

Latham, 23, of Braemar Walk, Bispham, pleaded guilty to breaching a community order.

She was sentenced to a four-month curfew from 8pm to 6am by Blackpool magistrates.

Peter Moran, prosecuting for the probation service, said Latham had been sentenced to 12 months supervision and 100 hours unpaid work for the community in February last year for an offence of assault.

Latham had denied assault, but was found guilty of the offence after a trial in her absence.

She had argued with another mother outside the resort’s Unity Primary School, then grabbed her hair and punched her in the face.

Latham had missed appointments with her probation officer and failed to keep in touch.

Payback

She had done just three hours out of the 100 hours payback work and kept only five appointment of the 16 she was offered.

Mr Moran added: “The probation service has had no contact with her for nine months.”

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client’s child had been taken into care and she became severely depressed.

Mr Chappell added: “She is a hermit. She does not go out and relies totally on her mother. She has asked for help and a counsellor visits her each week.”