A PROSTITUTE was jailed after her two-year-old daughter consumed cocaine and diazepam when she was left alone in her home.
The child was found unconscious on the sofa by a friend who peered through the letterbox.
The child consumed drugs at her Cornwall home, and when found one the floor she was unable to stand after being woken[/caption]
When the young girl was woken, she was unable to stand.
The single mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, then continued her boozy binge in Camelford, Cornwall.
She failed to seek medical attention and didn’t tell paramedics the toddler had access to illegal drugs.
Philip Lee, prosecuting, said: “The friend knocked on the door to which there was no answer.
The child was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital[/caption]
”She looked through the letterbox and saw the child lying on the sofa only in a nappy.
“She called her to sit up and the defendant came downstairs and opened the door.
“It became apparent the child was unwell and her legs buckled and she was unable to stand. The defendant was upset and saying sorry.
“The friend told her not to call the ambulance and that she would take her to hospital herself. Soon after the child was violently sick.”
The defendant, 26, was jailed for one year at Truro Crown Court last week.
The court heard she left her daughter in the care of a friend and went to Plymouth to earn money as an escort.
She then went to a hotel room with two men 33 miles away in Torquay, Devon., where she drank alcohol.
When paramedics responded to 999 calls during the incident in October 2016, the mum was in a ‘weakened and distraught state of mind’ and began to smoke cannabis (stock image)[/caption]
The child was passed to another friend while she was away – and she returned with one of the men who was in possession of cocaine the following day.
A friend raised the alarm the following morning after spotting the child was unconscious wearing just a nappy.
The man denied cruelty to a person under 16 by exposing her in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering and another cruelty charge relating to the failure to provide her with adequate medical aid.
The jury took less than three hours to find her not guilty of one charge, being responsible for the administration of the drugs, but convicted her of neglect by failing to provide medical aid.
When paramedics responded to 999 calls during the incident in October 2016, the mum was in a “weakened and distraught state of mind” and began to smoke cannabis.
The child was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital.
The court heard the mum left her daughter in the care of a friend and went to Plymouth to earn money as an escort (stock image)[/caption]
South West Ambulance Trust paramedic Peter Rabson told the court: “She was drowsy but when she was spoken to and engaged with she became more alert.
“When I took my gaze away from her she would become glazed over and her legs couldn’t handle her weight when she stood up.”
Mr Rabson said: “The out-of-hours service had no clinical appointments available and the doctor was concerned so the decision was taken that I’d take her to hospital.
“I had to drive to [the child’s] mum’s house to collect a car seat. She got out and went into the property and left the child with me, which was slightly unusual.
“She came across quite unphased. After about five minutes she came back and got into the car. There was a strong smell of cannabis on her that I couldn’t smell before.”
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The Crown Prosecution Service said the child’s condition gradually improved before she was discharged but a urine test showed the presence of valium-like drugs and cocaine.
Peter Eguae, defending, said: “In one of her last pieces of evidence she said she feels like the worst mum in the world and in the circumstances she recognises that she made mistakes on that day and placed her daughter in jeopardy.
“On that day what she saw was confusing, her friend was confused about the situation and the paramedic was confused about the situation. She did not know what was wrong with her daughter and didn’t deliberately expose her to the substances.
“She has done her best to change her life and has a job in an Indian restaurant. She has put her escorting behind her and stopped taking class A drugs.”
The victim now lives with the defendant’s mother.