Child neglect mum has prison sentence halved
A MOTHER from south Bristol who admitted neglecting her children by allowing them to live in a filthy house with barely any food has had her jail term cut.
The woman, who can not be named for legal reasons, was jailed by Bristol magistrates for 20 weeks after pleading guilty to causing a child unnecessary suffering.
The appeal at Bristol Crown Court today heard that police attended the woman's house they found squalid conditions as well as drugs paraphernalia inside a draw.
Paul Ricketts, outlining the case, said social services were notified following the visit.
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In the fridge officers discovered two eggs and a pack of yoghurts while the freezer contained just half a pack of frozen peas. Both appliances were described as "putrid" and work surfaces were "filthy."
In the bedroom one child's mattress was dirty and stained whilst the other was stained and wet.
Tabitha Macfarlane, representing the appellant, said her client was "disgusted with herself" and had now turned her life around.
She added that the children were now in the care of a family member.
Judge Julian Lambert, sitting with two magistrates for the appeal, reduced the sentence to 10 weeks in prison.
He told her: "You yourself know the way you treated your children was utterly despicable.
"The neglect was terrible and we are appalled by what you did and fearful for any child in your custody."
But he added that she had only been charged with a single count and was entitled to credit for her plea so reduced the prison term to 10 weeks.