UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

If you have problems then perhaps one of the members might have a suggestion or tell you how they coped with a certain situation. Also we could post links for all children that are missing and need to be found. All aspects of child welfare discussed here, new and old cases. Children that have been let down by Social Services and the authorities.

UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby DrachenSachen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:29 pm

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Friday 28th March 2008

'Home alone' mum avoids prison term

A routine police job turned into something far more serious when three young children were found "home alone".

The youngsters aged three, 19 months and eight months, were left on their own for about five hours while their parents visited a Bradford restaurant.

The city's crown court heard today how a bedroom door had been tied off on a banister and the children's mother later admitted that was done to stop the youngsters "wandering through the house" if they woke up.

he incident came to light after officers attended the Shahjehan restaurant in Manchester Road because of a problem with a chip and pin card.

Prosecutor Jonathon Gibson said the matter was sorted out and details exchanged, but the couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were later spotted trying to flag down a taxi to their Huddersfield home.

"Because they had no money, as far as the police were aware, they were offered a lift back home," said Mr Gibson.

"When they got back to the vicinity of the house they were reluctant to be taken directly to the address."

Because of the earlier incident the officers wanted to know where the couple lived and eventually they managed to get into the house where they found the two girls and a boy on their own.

Mr Gibson said the house was generally bare and unkempt, with little furniture.

'The children were dirty although they did appear to be well nourished,'' he said.

The couple had left their home at about 9.30pm and the police did not come into contact with them at the restaurant until 2.15am.

The mother initially claimed her sister had been left to look after the children and must have gone home early, but she later admitted leaving them alone in the house.

The couple both pleaded guilty to a charge of neglect and earlier this year the father was jailed for six months.

Yesterday his wife, who is now looking after the children again at an address in the Midlands, received the same prison term, suspended for 18 months.

She will also be subject to supervision for the next 18 months.

Her barrister Neil Clark described the incident as a one-off which happened when his client was subject to the "unpleasant influence" of her husband.

The Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, told the woman the offence was a gross breach of her duty of care.

Judge Gullick said the case called for a prison sentence, but given the present circumstances it was not necessary to send the mother to jail immediately.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/m ... n_term.php

=============================================================================================

Gazettelive.co.uk (Middlesbrough)

April 9, 2008

Mum from the North Ormesby area denies child neglect

A TEESSIDE mother has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after she allegedly left her children at home while she went on holiday.

The single mother from the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough - who cannot be identified to protect her children - has denied she left her three youngsters alone and claims she paid a neighbour and friends to care for them.

It is understood the children were taken into the care of social services after the authorities were alerted by a neighbour.

It is believed the mother immediately returned early from a holiday in Palma, Majorca, after she found out her children had been taken into care.

Cleveland Police today confirmed that officers had been alerted to a Middlesbrough address 11 days ago.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "We can confirm that police were called to an address in the North Ormesby area on Saturday, March 29, after concerns were raised for some children's welfare.

"Our investigations are ongoing and we are therefore unable to comment further."

She added: "I can confirm she was arrested on suspicion of child neglect. She is on bail pending further inquiries."

The mother is understood to have claimed she left her eldest child with a friend, and the two youngest with a neighbour.

She is reported to have said: "Both were paid to look after them.

"My children were fully provided for and I came home as soon as I found out."

The mum added that her children were devastated and just wanted to come home.

http://ts3.gazettelive.co.uk/2008/04/mu ... y_are.html

=============================================================================================

Published Date: 15 April 2008
Source: Lynn News Tuesday
Location: Kings Lynn

Lynn mum left kids 'home alone'

A MOTHER left her two children to fend for themselves alone at home in Lynn while she went on a trip to London with her boyfriend for several days.
The foreign national left the 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girlwith £20, which they spent on alcohol and sweets, and only returned home after police and social services were alerted.

Norwich Crown Court was told on Friday that her boyfriend smashed up toys belonging to the children the day the couple left on their trip.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, escaped an immediate jail sentence after Judge Paul Downes heard she had left the "destructive relationship" with her boyfriend.

The children were described in court as vulnerable and had only been returned into their mother's care months beforehand after being put under police protection the year before.

The youngsters were discovered by housing officers who called round on September 11, three days after their mother had left them to fend for themselves. They are now in social services care with unsupervised visits from their mother one day a fortnight. Both mother and children have now moved away from the Norfolk area.

Katherine Moore, defending, said it was the woman's hope to be reunited with her children, but social services would only allow that to happen when she found a permanent home and if she did not return to her former partner.

She also said the family had been subjected to racial abuse while living in Lynn.

Miss Moore added: "The offence itself was committed against a particular background. She was living in a difficult area which she and social services felt to be unsuitable.

"She was without doubt in a destructive relationship. She was a foreign national, vulnerable and unsupported."

The judge sentenced the woman, who admitted two counts of child cruelty, to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, subject to a supervision order which required that she attend a course for parents.

He told her: "I fail to understand how any mother of whatever nationality could leave her 14-year-old and 12-year-old children for several days on their own particularly when (the son) has been particularly vulnerable. It is a gross dereliction of your duty as a mother."

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/Lynn-mum ... 3979694.jp
Last edited by DrachenSachen on Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:53 pm, edited 5 times in total.
Live Radio und Web-TV aus allen Ländern

http://www.surfmusik.de/
User avatar
DrachenSachen
On Parole
 
Posts: 1073
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:48 pm
Location: Keine sch├Âneren L├ñnder

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby pakeha2007 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:35 pm

Thanks for posting this, DrachenSachen.
pakeha2007
First Time Offender
 
Posts: 544
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:57 pm

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby Spinnochio » Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:18 pm

The first article featured a poor family, the second a vulnerable unsupported foreign national both mothers are in 'destructive' relationships. The McCanns happily married -affluent middle class professionals get away with it :evil:
'I feel sad and I feel lonely and our life is not AS happy without Madeleine'. Kate McCann
Spinnochio
New In Town
 
Posts: 78
Joined: Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:40 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby poppy » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:19 pm

Spinnochio wrote:The first article featured a poor family, the second a vulnerable unsupported foreign national both mothers are in 'destructive' relationships. The McCanns happily married -affluent middle class professionals get away with it :evil:


Says it all, doesn't it :x
poppy
Suspect
 
Posts: 137
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:19 pm

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby DrachenSachen » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:50 pm

BBC Wales

Monday, 10 March 2008

'Home alone' mother is sentenced

A mother who left her 14-year-old daughter home alone for six weeks has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Magistrates in Welshpool, Powys were told the woman went abroad to see her boyfriend last year leaving the girl with £100 and a fridge full of food.

She denied neglect and abandonment, saying she arranged for her neighbour and ex-husband to look after the girl.

A 13-week jail term was suspended for 18 months. She was also told to carry out 130 hours unpaid work.

The woman was convicted after a two-day trial in February at which she was a described as doing a "Shirley Valentine" and disappearing "without a care for the child and without making adequate arrangements for her to be looked after".

She also acknowledged that she knew her daughter had formed an under-age sexual relationship with a boy and had allowed it to continue.

Magistrates were told the defendant, who cannot be named, had stocked the fridge and freezer at the family home with pizza, oven chips and microwave meals before going abroad between April and June 2007.

Of the £100 she gave to her daughter, £60 was spent almost immediately on school dinners for the period she was away.

The girl spent most of the remaining £40 on clothes and CDs, the court heard.

The trial was told social services had found out about the girl's situation after two days and had arranged for her father, the woman's ex-husband, to look after her for the remainder of her mother's holiday.

The girl's father was said to have been unaware his daughter had been left home alone. He now has custody of his daughter, now 16, who lives with him permanently.

Financial circumstances

The woman failed to return when she learned her daughter was being looked after by her father. She was interviewed by police three days after returning to the UK.

In court she claimed her trip abroad had been to arrange a visa so her boyfriend could live and work in the UK, improving her family's financial circumstances.

In addition to the suspended jail term and unpaid work, the woman was fined £450 costs.

Chairman of the magistrates, Michael Davies, said her negligence had "passed the threshold for custody".

"We found that she had been neglected in that she had entered into a sexual relationship condoned by the mother," he said.

"Although more serious harm did not befall her this was more due to chance and the vigilance of the social services."

The defendant's solicitor had pleaded with bench to rule out a custodial sentence in order to avoid giving her daughter, who had testified against her, a guilt complex.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7287429.stm
Last edited by DrachenSachen on Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Live Radio und Web-TV aus allen Ländern

http://www.surfmusik.de/
User avatar
DrachenSachen
On Parole
 
Posts: 1073
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:48 pm
Location: Keine sch├Âneren L├ñnder

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby Tutti » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:55 pm

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/HelpAndAdvice/WhatChildAbuse/Neglect/neglect_wda36377.html

NSPCC define child neglect:
The signs of neglect
There are occasions when nearly all parents find it difficult to cope with the many demands of caring for children. But this does not mean that their children are being neglected. Neglect involves ongoing, severe failure to meet a child's needs. Here are some signs of possible neglect:

if the child seems underweight and is very small for their age

if they are poorly clothed, with inadequate protection from the weather

if they are often absent from school for no apparent reason

if they are regularly left alone, or in charge of younger brothers or sisters.
I Survived The Harold Shipman Clinic!
User avatar
Tutti
You're Nicked
 
Posts: 283
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:21 pm

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby DrachenSachen » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:01 pm

Daily Post

Apr 29 2008

Colwyn Bay man left kids home alone to cash giro

A MAN left a poorly three-year-old daughter and baby at home while he went out to cash his giro, a court heard yesterday.

The toddler was locked in a bedroom and the baby daughter was downstairs in a bouncing chair with two Jack Russell terriers.

The 37-year-old unemployed man from Colwyn Bay had been entrusted with the girls' care by their mother, his girlfriend.

Yesterday he admitted two offences of neglect when he appeared before Llandudno magistrates.

He cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the girls.

District judge Andrew Shaw branded his actions: "deliberate, cruel, callous and calculating".

He told him: "It's only a matter of pure luck the children were not harmed.

"The way you behaved was a disgrace."

Judge Shaw said his sentencing powers were insufficient and committed the defendant in custody for sentencing at Caernarfon Crown Court in May.

Prosecutor James Neary said the children's mother and the defendant had had to sign a contract with social services because of concerns about their treatment of the youngsters.

The man was not supposed to care for them alone, but the mother went for a hospital appointment without the girls.

After it had finished she could get no answer to phone calls to her partner, so she dialled 999.

She then saw the defendant on a bus in Colwyn Bay town centre.

He had a hold-all and told her: "They are at home."

Police went to the house and could hear a child sobbing upstairs, and an officer forced entry.

The door to the girl's room was bolted on the outside.

Mr Neary said the baby was asleep in the living room and the dogs were free to roam the house.

The youngsters were removed from the home where the beds appeared soaked in urine.

The jobless defendant had left the house to cash his giro cheque and intended to get a train to London. "He knew full well the 3›-year-old child was ill and needed to be looked after," Mr Neary added.

There was no landline phone in the house and the back door was unlocked.

Defence solicitor Gwyndaf Pari said the children's mother had a great deal of control over what went on in the house and gave his client pocket money.

Mr Pari said on the day of the offences the man had responsibility for the pair "thrust upon him." He knew he would be unable to cope and "cracked."

The youngsters were abandoned for less than 90 minutes. Mr Pari added the mother appeared to have avoided any criminal proceedings.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-w ... -20833077/
Live Radio und Web-TV aus allen Ländern

http://www.surfmusik.de/
User avatar
DrachenSachen
On Parole
 
Posts: 1073
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:48 pm
Location: Keine sch├Âneren L├ñnder

Re: UK Home Alone cases post Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Postby Luz » Sun May 04, 2008 5:23 am

So, what I teach as almost a pre-historical, Basil Bernstein: Class, Codes and Control, has generalized to ascending classes (or pretend to be)?!

I hope that this case will make people to review their position on rising up children.
______________________
Luz_catz on another roof.
Luz
On Parole
 
Posts: 1462
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:01 pm
Location: Lisboa


Return to Missing Children, Child Welfare and Parent to Parent

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest