Kids walk streets while mum sleeps

A WOMAN whose two young children were found wandering down the middle of a Bundaberg street after she fell asleep has been sentenced to a probation order.

The 23-year-old mother of two, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to six charges including two of leaving her children without care.

Police prosecutor Hayley Glover said the woman's two children, aged two and four, were found wandering around the street without a guardian in February last year.

"The informant said the children were in the middle of the road and a vehicle on the road had to stop (to avoiding hitting them)," Snr Const Glover said.

"The informant knew who the children belonged to and went to the house and knocked loudly."

Snr Const Glover said the door opened due to the knock, but it appeared no one was home.

"The defendant said she had lain down with the children on a mattress to watch a movie and she and the children had fallen asleep," the prosecutor said.

The Kalkie mother said the children's father had been present when they fell asleep and the door to the home had been broken for about a week.

In the following months, the woman was also caught driving without a licence, lying to police about her identity, failed to appear at court and breached a domestic violence order.

Lawyer Rian Dwyer said since the incident with the children, his client had undertaken a parenting course with Impact.

"As a result of this, the children were taken from her and placed in the care of the department," Mr Dwyer said.

He said she could apply to get them back in about three or four months.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts took into account the woman's early plea of guilty and her "nominal" criminal and traffic histories.

She was sentenced to nine months probation.



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