A 27-YEAR-OLD mother with Asperger’s syndrome has left her three-year-old Down’s syndrome daughter home alone while she met with an ex-boyfriend at a local beach.
The woman pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday to one count of lawful care or charge of a child under 12 years, leave child for an unreasonable time without making provision for supervision and care of child.
Police Prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said police received information from neighbours about a child left alone at a Gladstone address about 7pm on March 22.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras said on arrival, police saw the girl asleep on a hard floor through a window.
He said police then gained entry.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court police then tried to contact the girl’s parents.
He said they got hold of the father but could not get in touch with the mother.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras said the father collected the girl later.
He said after the woman received a call from the girl’s father, she made contact.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court the woman left the house about 6.30pm to meet her ex-boyfriend at a local beach.
He said initially, the woman told police she arranged for a neighbour to look after her child but she later retracted the statement.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras said the woman was still at the beach when the father was contacted.
He said the woman told police she thought she was only gone an hour.
The woman’s Duty Lawyer Brad Krebs, of Appleton Krebs Lawyers, said his client suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.
Mr Krebs said the grandmother was caring for the girl.
Magistrate Mark Morrow put the woman on an 18-month probation order.
A conviction was not recorded.
The incident comes after a 25-year-old man faced court last week after he left his five-year-old son in a car while he gambled.
A woman also faced court last week after she left her four children home alone while she drank, danced and socialised at a licensed establishment.
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