A mother who left her little girl home alone in a house littered with filth has escaped being sent to prison.

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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Mum left her child in filth- littered home

The mum abandoned her nine-year-old daughter to go out drinking, a court was told.

Police found the child alone in a house littered with cat excrement, piled-up rubbish and beer cans, with the food in the fridge mostly mouldy or of out-of-date.

The 31-year-old mother, from the Marton area of 
Blackpool, who can not be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to child neglect, assault and fraudulently obtaining a taxi ride.

She was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the defendant got a cab in the town centre on June 3, at 4.45am, but then refused to get out of the taxi and pay the fare.

The taxi driver decided to drive her to a police station, but on the way she kicked him in the head. After being questioned at the station a woman police officer was sent to the mother’s home. She found the front door of the address was open.

Once inside, the smell of animal excreta was extremely strong and cat droppings were littered about.

The television was on, piles of rubbish and beer cans were strewn around. The officer found the little girl asleep in a small bedroom.

When woken she told the police officer her name, that she was nine-years-old and that her mother had tucked her in.

When interviewed by police the mother said she had no recollection of being in the town centre and was shocked her child was home alone.

She said she had drunk two cans of lager and for the first time took a sleeping tablet that had been prescribed by a doctor for her.

She was also taking anti-depressant tablets at the time, the court heard.