Toddler's room in Cardiff used to grow cannabis

A mother admitted child neglect after her baby daughter's bedroom was used for growing cannabis.

The 20-month-old child, from Cardiff, was put to bed next to cannabis plants and equipment used for cultivating the drug, the court heard.

Cardiff magistrates were told that she slept in the room most nights.

The mother, who cannot be named, said her partner was growing the drug and she had no involvement. She will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutor Mark Salter said: "When police officers raided the couple's home they found five cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment.

"This included an upturned oil drum containing 15 litres of water and plant fertiliser.

"Officers at the scene said this was 'just the kind of thing a child could fall into'."

The court heard her partner had admitted charges of cannabis production at another hearing.

Mr Salter said: "When interviewed by police the mother said she saw no problem with the child sleeping next to the open oil drum.

Serious case

"She claimed to have no involvement with cannabis production and said her partner was doing it against her will."

District Judge Bodfan Jenkins said it was a serious case and all sentencing options "remain open".

The mother was given unconditional bail and the case was adjourned for reports.