Mother of eight left her kids home alone for 12 hours to CLUB after a babysitter failed to show – including a child who was only nine months old
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- The alarm was raised when a neighbor noticed a toddler outside the house alone
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A mother of eight has seen a magistrate after leaving five of her children home alone for 12 hours while going to a nightclub.
The 34-year-old woman faced the Townsville Magistrates’ Court on Monday after trying to arrange a babysitter for the night last February.
The 17-year-old nanny never showed up, but the mother went out anyway and left the children — including a nine-month-old baby — to fend for themselves.
The alarm went off after a neighbor found a toddler alone outside in the morning. The toddler had escaped after one of the older children left a door open.
The mother pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including abandoning a child under the age of 12 (domestic violence offense), theft and unauthorized dealing with retail items
The mother pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including abandoning a child under the age of 12 (domestic violence offense), theft and unauthorized dealing with retail items.
She also admitted to being at fault for driving over the general alcohol limit, over the average limit, with a blood alcohol level of 0.052, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
Police Prosecutor Erin Collis said the woman had been tampered with stealing food from a supermarket and a t-shirt from another store – while she was on bail.
Ms Collins recommended a range of penalties for the ‘most worrisome offences’, including a hefty fine, license suspension and probation.
The woman had tried to arrange a nanny, but she “didn’t follow through,” lawyer Darryn Casson said (photo, stock image)
The woman’s lawyer, Darryn Casson, said his client had had a “traumatic upbringing” without her parents, had mental health problems and had been homeless.
He said she had tried to organize the ‘sitter for the evening’ but ‘unfortunately it didn’t work out’.
Mr Casson said she was in a ‘rush’ on the day of the theft and had ‘paid for some items’.
The court heard that the mother had no previous drink-driving offenses, nor did she know why she stole the t-shirt.
Acting magistrate Scott Luxton told the court it was a “serious charge” to leave the five children alone for a “considerable period”.
“It was luck rather than good management that none of those children were harmed as a result of your actions,” Magistrate Luxton said.
He also acknowledged her lack of relevant criminal history.
She was fined $1,750, had to pay back $30 and her driver’s license was disqualified for a month.
Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton told the Townsville Magistrates’ Court (pictured) it was a “serious charge” to leave the five children alone for a “considerable period”.