TWO young sisters – aged just six and seven – walked to school on their own after being unable to wake their mother who was drunk on the sofa.
The girls were cold when they arrived at their primary school and told teachers they had eaten no breakfast.
A 29-year-old mother-of-three, from Cleveleys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two offences of child neglect when she appeared before Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that on November 17 the two girls walked to their school and the six-year-old knocked on the door.
The girl told a teacher who answered they had run away because their mother was drunk.
She was cold and not appropriately dressed, with no jumper or socks on.
Neither sister had eaten breakfast and they were given a meal at the school’s breakfast club.
Police went round to the girls home where they could smell alcohol and the defendant was asleep on the sofa.
A nearby notebook had a message in it from the girls to their mother which said: “We have gone to school because we are late – sorry.”
The defendant told police she had three or four glasses of wine with friends the nights before.
About 12.30am she went to get some ice-cream and banged her head on the fridge-freezer. She believed she must have suffered concussion.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client loved her children very much. Both sisters were now in foster care.
The defendant said: “I have a good bond with my children and I have brought them up without help from the father. I have made mistakes. I’m sorry.”
The mother was sentenced to do 140 hours’ unpaid work for the community and put on 18 months’ supervision by magistrates.