A FECKLESS mum who left her two children alone for three days to go on a drug-fuelled bender has been jailed.
The 34-year-old, who can’t be named, was taking drugs at her home when she walked out the front door with a pal.The mum was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court[/caption]
Her 14-year-old daughter and son, seven, were left to fend for themselves and survived on “c**p” food such as chocolate and frozen meals.
The older child was also forced to make sure her brother went to school during the three days.
Meanwhile, the mum mixed cocaine, cannabis and prescription drugs with booze during the marathon session.
She was eventually found by cops half-dressed outside a pub in Daventry, Northants, with a 35-year-old pal.
Police arrested her as she drunkenly told them she had “done a terrible thing” and was a “bad mum”.
The mum has now been caged for two years and eight months after admitting five counts relating to child neglect and child abuse.
Her friend pleaded guilty to drug possession charges and was sentenced to a total of four months, suspended for two years.
The court was told the young girl had struggled to feed her brother and relied on “c**p” – including strawberries, chocolate and frozen food.
She told officers she suffered panic attacks and nervous breakdowns and claimed her mum had “ruined her life”.
The children were taken into police protection after their mother’s arrest and have been living with family ever since.
Speaking afterwards, investigating officer Detective Constable Laura Jardine, of the Child Protection team at Northamptonshire Police, said: “The case involved a series of terrible decisions by a mother who put her own wants above the needs of her children.
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“Her behaviour demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how to be a good parent. Her actions were self-centred and based only on what she wanted to do, and not what her children needed.
“The whole experience and subsequent fallout has been very hard for her daughter and son, but I am pleased that she admitted her failings and has been punished for them.
“I wish the children all the best for the future and hope that in time they can put this distressing experience behind them.”