South Scotland

Mother who abandoned son to go to Moffat pub sentenced

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The sheriff told the woman she could have been jailed for the offence

A mother who abandoned her four-year-old son to go out to a bar on Christmas Eve has been given community service.

A sheriff told the 37-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, she could have been jailed for the offence.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, the woman admitted abandoning the child so she could to out to a pub in Moffat.

The court heard that during her four-hour absence he managed to climb over a fence into a nearby garden with an unfenced pool in it.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross ordered her to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

He told the woman: "You put your son in danger and could be facing a prison sentence, but your previous care seems to have been good and I can take an alternative."

The court heard how the child had climbed onto a chair, opened a door and climbed over a fence into another garden.

He was later found trembling and crying for his mother.

Solicitor Arnold Brazenall said the mother was "horror stricken" at what she had done and unable to contemplate why she had done it.

The child is now staying with the woman's parents and she visits him every day.

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