Nov 2 2011 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A PREGNANT mum has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to neglecting her child.
The 27-year-old from the Dundyvan area of Coatbridge admitted failing to properly look after the 10-month-old baby.
Heavily pregnant, the woman appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court for sentencing last Wednesday after background reports were carried out.
Fiscal depute Jennifer Bairner told how social workers found the woman in an intoxicated state when they visited her home on September 15 last year.
She said: “On entering the living room area, the social workers saw the accused slouched over the kitchen sink [and] appearing to be sleeping.
“Her partner tried to wake her and she said, ‘do what you want to with him and get out of here’.
“They noticed that the accused’s speech was slurred and she was incoherent.
“The social workers said they were concerned for the child and she said, ‘here we go, just like the last time’.”
The social workers considered the house to be in a “poor state” with cigarettes and dirty nappies on the floor. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the bedroom.
The social workers called the police to help with the removal of the child from the house.
Further concern was raised when the mother picked up the child and accidentally banged the baby’s head on the frame of a door.
“She appeared oblivious to what happened to the child,” Ms Bairner told the sheriff court.
Defence agent Darran Khorasani said his client’s condition was due to her being “under the influence of Valium, prescribed methadone and a quantity of alcohol”.
He added: “She accepts full responsibility for her behaviour.
“This offence occurred over a year ago and since then she has made various steps to improve her lifestyle.”
The woman pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to willfully neglecting her child “in a manner likely to cause harm or unnecessary suffering or injury”.
Addressing the woman who is six months pregnant, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC said: “I accept that you have had a difficult time but what the court has to consider is the welfare of the child.
“Options are limited given your current condition.”
Sheriff Kelly then placed the woman on probation for two years and ordered her to “liaise with the social work department”.
He added: “If you don’t take advantage of this you will be brought back to the court and the offence will be dealt with here.”