Six months imprisonment was the sentence ordered by Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh to a woman who failed to provide proper care and protection for her child in 2019.
The woman, who has 5 other children, left her 5-year-old daughter at home with a candle burning.
A stranger driving on Kentish Road noticed a child running across the road and stopped.
He took the child to a friend’s house nearby and inquired into the whereabouts of her mother.
The child said she did not know and the neighbour then called the woman several times but was not able to reach her.
When he took the child to her home, he noticed that no one was home but a lit candle was in the house.
The child was then taken to the police station and later that night the mother showed up to report the same child missing.
Officers brought the child to her, cautioned her and later charged her with the offense.
The woman appeared in court today for what was supposed to be her trial. She however, decided to admit to the crime.
The 44-year-old woman was represented by Attorney Ralph Francis who argued that the woman did not want harm to come to the child but made an error in judgement.
She then told the court that she left the child on the verandah where there was a gate and thought that the neighbours would be watching her as they were accustomed to doing.
The Magistrate inquired into the mental wellness of the woman and the woman stated that she is not crazy.
She was therefore sentenced to spend 6 months in jail and was told that she should refrain from having more children.
The convict then broke down in tears as she returned to her seat.
The 5-year-old is presently in the custody of an aunt.
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