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Blackburn woman was drunk with two young children in her care
10:30am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A WOMAN in charge of two young children was so drunk it took police repeated attempts to rouse her from a sofa.
Blackburn magistrates heard when officers forced the front door Samantha Jane Rhodes still didn’t wake up.
The officer’s fears there were youngsters in the house were confirmed when they found a one-year-old boy in a cot and a two-year-old girl in a bed in the same upstairs bedroom.
And the court was told the police also found a cigarette lighter on the floor of the bedroom.
Rhodes, 21, of Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two charges of child neglect. She was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Warning Rhodes that they thought the offences merited a custodial sentence the chairman of the magistrates said the children had been put in ‘tremendous danger’.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police went round to Rhodes’ home at 1am after reports of a woman screaming and loud banging.
When they got there they could hear extremely loud music coming from the house and banged on the door.
“They got no reply and when they looked through the window saw the defendant on a couch either asleep or unconscious,” said Miss Allan.
She said the police banged on the window to try and wake the defendant, reached through a window and wafted a curtain over her face but still couldn’t rouse her.
An officer recovered a throw line from their vehicle and dangled it onto the defendant’s face several times but she still didn’t respond.
“The officers saw baby items in the room and decided to force entry,” said Miss Allan.
“Even when the officers burst through the front door the defendant slept on.”
Miss Allan said Rhodes was heavily intoxicated and a breathalyser showed an alcohol level of 95 against the legal drink drive limit of 35.
“She was drunk and in no fit state to care for the children,” said Miss Allan, who revealed Rhodes had been cautioned for being drunk in charge of a child in October 2011.
Ian Church-Taylor, defending, said the defendant had been out for a meal and had returned home and put the children to bed before having more drinks with two male friends.
“She had two glasses of Southern Comfort and a few cans of lager and has no explanation for why that left her in the state she was in,” said Mr Church-Taylor.
“She actually asked the police to breathalyse her because she couldn’t explain her condition and the deep sleep she was obviously in. There was some money missing from her house and the two men had left.”