BREAKING NEWS: Horncastle mum pleads guilty to child neglect charge

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Police were called when a mum on a mix of drugs and alcohol “appeared to be insensible” while in charge of her two small children in Horncastle.

The 34-year-old mum was in the grounds of an antiques centre on East Street at 4.18pm on February 9 when a witness found her “slumped over”, Boston Magistrates heard.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of child neglect on the basis that a combination of drink and drugs had left her unable to protect her children. She also admitted assaulting a policewoman, Rebecca Seagroatt.

Magistrates, sitting last Wednesday, adjourned sentence to May 13 for a probation report.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, said: “One of the children was saying ‘please, mum, I want to go home’, but the adult was not responding to the child at all and was in fact slumped over.”

She added a witness went over and spoke to the children, tapped the mum on her knee and saw her eyes appeared not to focus.

Mrs Wilson said the witness called police because she was concerned for the welfare of the children.

She said PC Seagroatt attended and decided the mum appeared to be under the influence of drugs and in no fit state to look after her children.

Mrs Wilson said the mum smelled of alcohol. Drugs paraphernalia, including a scorched spoon and needles, were found in her bag.

Later on, when the officer became more concerned about the mum’s medical condition, an ambulance was called but the mum became aggressive towards the paramedics.

Mrs Wilson said PC Seagroatt then arrested the mum on suspicion of child neglect and she attempted to bite and head-butt the officer.

The prosecutor said police took the children away to “a place of safety” to stay with other members of the family.

Solicitor Beris Brickles, mitigating, said his client had pleaded guilty to the neglect charge on the basis that because of her condition - which was a combination of drugs, some of it prescribed medication, and alcohol - she was not in a position to protect her children.